For most people, multitasking is a challenge. They complain about not being able to fold laundry while watching TV or not being able to study for a test while cooking dinner.
For Jeff Bruns, though, multitasking takes on a whole new meaning. Bruns, a Fairmont senior, has to juggle National Honor Society, United Student Body, Spanish Honor Society and Cross Country – all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
For many this would be impossible; for Jeff, it’s an everyday task.
How many years have you been running, and what’s your personal record?
I’ve been running for six years, and my personal best is 17 minutes and 26 seconds, which I accomplished at the Sidney Invitational this year.
What do you like about Cross Country, and who is your biggest influence?
I like the feeling of accomplishment after finishing a race when I know that a lot of people wouldn’t have the guts or stamina to go through that much pain for so long. My biggest influence in running is probably my friends because without them, I probably wouldn’t have started running, and if I had still run, I wouldn’t have had any fun without them.
What does it mean to be an original captain? How do you see yourself leading the team?
It means a lot to be elected captain of the Cross Country team, and I’m honored that my teammates chose me to lead the team. I’m not the kind of captain who is going to get up in a teammate’s face or try to give an inspirational speech, but I like to think that I am a leader by example. I do what is going to help my team and myself get better, and I hope that others learn from me.
Do you play any other sports?
Yes, I run track in the spring, and during the winter I play intramural basketball and soccer.
What instrument do you play? What does music do for you?
I play the cello in the Symphonic Orchestra. I actually enjoy listening to some orchestra songs because they are relaxing, and some have pretty interesting parts to them. Listening and playing orchestra music helps me get my mind focused.
How many years have you been in orchestra, and why do you like it?
I have been in orchestra since 6th grade, so I’ve been playing the cello for seven years now (and I’m still not very good). I like orchestra because it’s a fun and relaxing class where I don’t have to worry about grades or homework. Mr. Wright is the nicest man on Earth and he makes playing the cello fun.
What is your GPA? Do good grades come naturally, or do you have to work at it?
I have a 4.0 GPA, and it does not come naturally. I try hard in every single class, get all my homework done, and pay attention in order to get good grades. I’m pretty self-motivated to get good grades, because I like to take pride in my work, but the major influence is to get into a good college and to get a lot of scholarship money.
What are your major interests in academics?
My favorite subjects are Calculus and Physics because those subjects come easiest to me, and I find them the most interesting.
What do you have planned for the future? Any big college or career plans?
I plan to go to a four-year university to study mechanical engineering and/or physics. I’ve looked at Purdue, the University of Dayton, the University of Cincinnati, Notre Dame and Miami all as possible colleges I could attend.
In your dream world, what would be your career?
I would probably want to work with NASA or some cool company that works with cool stuff, but I don’t really know what’s in store for my future.
Do you enjoy coming to school? What do you like about it?
I sometimes enjoy coming to school, because I like spending time with my friends and some days we do fun things in my classes. Some days are very stressful when I have multiple classes where I have a test or a big grade, but stress helps me to achieve my best.
What else are you involved in at Fairmont High School/outside of school?
I’m a member of USB, NHS and Spanish Honor Society.
How do you balance sports, clubs and grades and still manage to have fun?
I’m pretty good at managing my time, which helps me get things done more efficiently. I also always give myself breaks so that I don’t get super stressed out in all that I have going on. I’ll either go watch TV, go shoot basketball in my backyard, or do something that will help me to take my mind off of everything. Once I have a break, I’m ready to go back and get to work!