Marquez Makes Most Of Summer Situation

Marquez Makes Most Of Summer Situation

Sports Information Director's note:  This is a part of an ongoing series highlighting what Dordt student-athletes did during the summer of 2020.

For a moment consider this scenario. 

You’re a junior to be in college studying engineering.  Your sophomore baseball season has been cut short, a season where you had 13 hits through 16 games has ended due to COVID.  You’re back at home in Oxford, Nebraska and opportunities for internship in the biomedical field where you want to specialize, have evaporated along with the baseball season.

What do you do?

That’s the scenario Tyce Marquez faced this past summer.  In the end, a local ag co-op needed a liquid agronomy intern and Marquez needed a job, so the two parties entered into an unlikely summer partnership.

“I was a shop hand. I worked in the warehouse. I mixed chemicals by hand.  I cleaned and I delivered product.  I helped our salespeople since they were unable to hire any interns this summer as well.  I ended up doing a little of everything and it was good,” said Marquez.

While a liquid agronomy intern may seem far removed from a biomedical engineering position Marquez said the lessons learned in working were valuable.

“I had to be at work at 7:00 a.m. and we worked some long days.  I put baseball on the shelf for the time being and worked out at the local high school when I could because I’m too old for legion ball,” said Marquez.  “I just wanted to make the best of the situation.  The job was convenient and close to home and I was able to work 40 hours a week.”

Back on campus Marquez is looking forward to working out with the baseball team but also preparing for his final two years at Dordt.

After that?  Possibly work in the biomedical field specializing in prosthetics. 

“I’m studying biology and engineering right now with anatomy and physiology to come in the next few semesters. After Dordt I might enter a graduate program—there are twelve of them specializing in prosthetics.  I enjoy the medical field and I enjoy military.  I could see myself working to provide military personnel with prosthesis,” said Marquez.

In the meantime it appears Marquez will pursue internships again this summer.

“I was disappointed to not be able to work in my chosen field last summer but wanted to make the best of the situation.  I’m gearing up to apply for some internships now and hope to have one planned out and in place before spring,”said Marquez.

And baseball? Well, there is another season to prepare for.

“We’re anxious.  We want to get out on the field and play and get to know some of the new players.  I’m really looking forward to it,” said Marquez.