GOSHEN — When she started playing soccer at 4 years old, Brianne Mault probably didn’t think about how it could lead to a career in orthopedics, but that’s what happened.
Mault will take part in Goshen College’s 115th annual commencement ceremony Sunday, April 28, with several months experience already working for two orthopedics companies and a job waiting for her arrival.
Mault, daughter of Max and Yvonne Mault, had three surgeries on her right leg and three on her left leg following soccer injuries in middle school and high school.
“I was in my orthopedic surgeon’s office a lot, unfortunately,” she said.
As she and her surgeon talked about her interests and possible college and career plans, he suggested to her that she look into orthopedics.
He introduced her to his sales representative at Biomet in Warsaw, which led to a high school internship there. She organized surgery kits, shadowed a sales representative during surgeries and saw how the “rep” answered questions and talked through procedures during surgeries.
After graduating from Goshen High School in 2009, Mault chose to attend Goshen College, so that she could keep up her connections with Biomet. Unlike most Goshen College students, she also spent her time at the college living at her parents’ nearby home.
It was nice to come home to a quiet place to study and a home-cooked meal, she said.
She majored in business, while also taking anatomy and biology classes in preparation for work in orthopedics.
While Mault had already established connections with Biomet, one of her brothers, who has also become a surgery sales representative, recommended she get an internship at the company he works for, Stryker. She did her internship with Stryker last summer in New Jersey. They asked her to stay for a few more months, so she did, taking off of school during that fall semester, then doing some advertisement work remotely once she returned to Goshen. Because of that semester off, she still has a few courses to complete at Indiana University South Bend this summer.
Then, she’ll move back East where she’ll start as a Stryker sales representative for the Delaware and Maryland region.
“I’m excited to move on to the next part of my life. Being able to come home from work and not having to finish homework, but, at the same time, I won’t get to sleep in ’til 1 o’clock because I have a 2 o’clock class,” she said with a laugh.
College was a great time, though, she said, of making friends and getting to enjoy a little more independence, but still not have to take on the full responsibility of being an adult.
“It’s bittersweet,” she said. “College is a great experience.”