Tyler Wedemeier '13

Westgate, Iowa
Elementary Education

Norse Athlete:
Tyler puts his height (he’s 6’ 8”) to good use playing post for the Norse basketball team.

Plans after Luther:  “My goal is to become a middle school math and science teacher,” he says. “I enjoy kids that age because they’re very capable in some respects, but they’re still growing and learning.”

His take on Luther professors:  “They really understand the world and have a way of helping students see and appreciate new perspectives.”

Tyler claims that many factors pointed him in Luther’s direction when it came time to choose a college. “But the main reason I considered Luther is because I was being recruited to play basketball here,” he says. “I shadowed two players, met the team, talked with some faculty and staff, and found I was sold on coming here.”

Tyler has started as post for the basketball team since his freshman year. He admits that playing college ball takes up a lot of time, especially during season. “But what’s ironic is that it makes me a better time manager.  I find I’m more productive and more in tune with what needs to get done academically.”

But basketball isn’t his only focus here. He’s active in PALS (Luther’s mentoring program) and serves as the vice president of SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee). He’s also the orientation activities coordinator for first-year students. “I enjoy it a lot because it’s fun to plan the activities and events for new students.”