Preparing for your Career: advice from
Dr. Eric Cole '99
Dr. Eric Cole ’99
was a leader on the field and in the classroom – he graduated from Wofford after
a successful career as an offensive lineman and with a degree in Biology. A
Tennessee native, Dr. Cole currently practices family medicine at the Mary
Black Hospital in Spartanburg.
How did you get to
where you are today? What was your employment path?
When I finished my studies at Wofford in ’99, I went
straight to USC Medical School in Columbia for four years. In June of 2003, I
went to Greenwood, SC, where I completed my residency with Self Regional Health
Care at the Montgomery Center for Family Medicine Residency Program. Afterwards,
I moved to Spartanburg to practice family medicine.
Do you use your major
in your job?
My biology major was crucial in preparing me for medical
school. I use my major every day.
How did Wofford
prepare you for your professional life?
Wofford prepared me for my professional life in more than
one way. From an academic standpoint, I was very well prepared for medical
school after being a Biology major. In fact, I think that medical school was
easier than Wofford; some of the courses I had at Wofford were nearly identical
to those that I had in medical school. Wofford also helped me develop good time
management skills. When I was at Wofford, I was a four-year starter for the
football team but I also had all of the biology labs – I was very busy, but I
learned to balance my interests. In addition, I learned to think critically. Most
of the classes at Wofford required more than multiple-choice tests. I had to
respond to the questions in a meaningful way, and these analytical skills are
also very important in my job.
What is your favorite
part about your job?
I love the interaction with people, and trying to figure out
how I can best help them. I think it’s what God would have me do in life: be
there for people when they need medical attention. I also like being back in
Spartanburg. I love being around Wofford; I come to every one of the football
Do you have any
advice for current Wofford students?
I think it is important to engage in a true liberal arts
education. Take a variety of courses; don’t take a course simply because it is
a major requirement. Delve deep into the material. If you take advantage of the
academics at Wofford, you graduate as a well-rounded individual, and that is