BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Adam Clausen is a native of Baton Rouge, La. He’s a senior at Birmingham-Southern College, and a forward for the men’s soccer team. Clausen is majoring in biology with a minor in art. While he is still deciding on his plans after graduation, Clausen is skilled in biology research, graphic design, photojournalism, writing and entrepreneurialism.
“Initially,” he said, “I wanted to work in the medical field, because both my parents are doctors. My dad is a cardiologist and my mom is an endocrinologist.”
Clausen credits art and art history professor Pam Venz with helping him discover his love for art.
“Ever since my sophomore year,” said Clausen, “I have been interested in shoe design. Since I discovered my art perspective in life.”
He received a verbal job offer for after graduation with a shoe design firm in Los Angeles that he interned with last summer. “I would be a design intern and a part of the creative branch and that’s something I’m definitely interested in,” he explained.
The reason he chose BSC was an initial interest in the soccer program. “Once I started here,” said Clausen, “there were a lot of things that just fell into place for me.
“I loved BSC because I have family in Birmingham and I’m about a six hour drive from home. BSC has opened my eyes to the bigger picture. Everyone here has a positive impact on my life. I love the fact that I meet my friends in class and not at a party. Everyone is so friendly and they are just there for you, to support you. They are the best people out there.”
Along with his brother, Clausen played many sports but mainly focused on soccer and football. “In high school,” he started, “I was doing football drills with my brother and he had to block me, and he just destroyed me. That’s when I knew I would stick to playing soccer.”
An international traveler, his favorite destinations are Paris and Milan. He went to Paris in his freshman year as part of the exploration term and traveled to Milan alone to explore design and footwear. He said, “I’m glad I have traveled abroad. Traveling has broaden my horizons and let me think beyond my scope of reality.”
Clausen strives to be the best person that he can be. When speaking to what he likes about being an athlete, he said, “I like being a part of the team and having people to have my back. I just want to give them what they give me. That’s what I like the best about my team.”
As for pre-game routines, Clausen said it changes from game to game. “If I win a game, I will repeat the same thing I did prior to that game. I like to go to Feast and Forest and eat avocado toast before a game and sometimes it’s pasta at California Pizza Kitchen.” He admits that some things work and some don’t.
His sports role models are Drew Brees and Anthony Davis, who both are professional football players for the New Orleans Saints.
“After Katrina seeing what they did for me, my home, the way they carried my city on their backs, how they carry themselves on the field, that’s how I want to be. I want to be the best person I can be on the field and off the field,” he explained.
Clausen described his personality as “a golden retriever trapped in a humans body,” and says that he is a very spontaneous person. His motto in life is, exclude nothing so you have everything.
“When I look back on my life in the future, I just want to be happy and successful in everything I do.”
His advice for incoming freshmen is, “enjoy being yourself, enjoy everyone around you, and don’t take it for granted. Just enjoy the process.”
Clausen’s quick fire questions:
What’s your favorite Color?
What’s your favorite food?
Who is your favorite musical artist?
Kayne West and Chance the Rapper
Are you a cat or dog person?
What’s your Favorite sports team?
New Orleans Saints
What’s your favorite television show?
What’s your favorite show to binge watch on Netflix?
What’s your favorite Candy?
What’s your favorite weather?
Hot weather, cold room.
What’s your celebrity crush?