The Life of a Double Major

Interviewing Scott, a double major at Washington State University, was very interesting to me. This was my first experience with interviewing another person and I learned a lot through the process. If interviewing athletes is something you want to do, this assignment teaches you a lot. Overall, it took me close to an hour to film and around three hours to edit the interview. Working with different angles was interesting because some of the angles did not work out for us. Due to our location, the lighting would not work and it was frustrating. Though, the angle that did work gave the viewer an interesting angle of the interviewee not looking at them, but talking to the interviewer. I am not interested in the media side of sport but this really helped me learn a lot about it and it was interesting to learn about someone else. Interviewing a double major was amazing because I learned different difficulties and enjoyments of college through someone else’s experience. Here is what Scott Brownlee had to say about his experiences as a double major:

Talking to Scott about his upcoming graduating with a second degree was a great experience. Working in sport broadcasting is his dream and he is on the right track. With two degrees coming out of college, Scott has done what he needs to do to work his dream job with the Seattle Mariners. Scott has many different avenues he could take to work for the Mariners in broadcasting which has to be a great feeling for him. While being a double major, Scott finds that he still has time to do other things and enjoy his time outside of school.

I know that Scott is on the right career path because he loves sports and he spends most of his time outside of school enjoying them. I wish Scott the best of luck on graduation and in his future endeavors.

Washington State University Spring Commencement is set for May 6th. Congratulations Scott!

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Sport Managers Explore the Career World

Washington State University opened up to their doors to many professionals of all areas in the sport world on March 31st. Washington State held a Sport Management Career Exploration to give the students in the program an opportunity to learn from experienced professionals. Washington State Sport Management program relayed the schedule of the event on their social media pages to reach the student population:

This Career Exploration gave students the opportunity to hear from different respected areas of the sport world. At this event there were speakers from high school, collegiate and professional levels of jobs in sport. Also, there were different speakers that touched on the aspects of working for the community and also working as an event coordinator for different event. Putting on this event is a great way for students in the Sport Management program to learn from different people on their own pathways into what they are doing today.

Washington State University gives their students an advantage while putting on this event. A career exploration fair gives students the opportunity to learn about possible jobs and if they are the right fit for that student. With people all over the spectrum of sport their, the students have the ability to hear day to day tasks and that student right then can make the assumption on if that job will be right for them. Many organizations like Major League Baseball teams put on similar career fairs to show people what it is like to work in professional baseball.

With the sport world being so competitive when it comes to jobs, networking goes a long way. This event is not necessarily focussed on giving people jobs. It is focussed on giving students a chance to network and learn about different areas of work in sports. This is why I think it is such a good idea for Washington State University to put this career exploration on. They are setting their students up with connections that could last a life time.

WSU Welcomes 2017 Recruiting Class with Excitement!

On February 1st, 2017, the nation sits back and watches top high school football athletes choose the educational institute where they will further their academics and athletics. With the competitiveness of college football in today’s world, this is a very important day for many people. Universities, athletic departments, coaches, players and families have a lot invested in which school these athletes go to. One of those schools is Washington State University, home of the Cougars.

With the likes of star wide receivers Gabe Marks and River Cracraft leaving, WSU had to make a big splash in recruiting the class of 2017 to improve or even match the success in the last two seasons. In 2015 the Cougs had a 9-4 record with a bowl win against Miami. In 2016 they went 8-5 with a bowl loss to Minnesota including a Pac12 win streak of seven straight wins. These are both looked at as successful seasons for WSU, especially being in a conference as tough as the Pacific 12. The Pac12 is one of the toughest conferences in the nation and year after year top recruits commit to the schools in the conference. With this being true, the Cougars compete against the best which means they need to recruit the best.

As February 1st concluded, Washington State University was very excited to welcome in the recruiting class of 2017! The Cougs signed one 4 star recruit and twenty-two 3 stars. In this group of twenty seven, the single four star recruit was the number one ranked receiver in the state of California. Jamire Calvin flipped commitments from Nebraska over to Washington State and will be a major part in trying to replace the productivity of Marks and Cracraft. Along with Calvin, the other 26 guys that WSU signed filled all other necessary areas for Cougs. Many receivers, offensive lineman and defensive backs are apart of the 2017 recruiting class that will help WSU improve as a team. This class bring a lot of excitement to Washington State University and has Coug nation excited for seasons to come!

As a sport management major at WSU, recruiting is very important to me. A lot of job opportunities in sport have a lot of behind the scenes work. Recruiting is a perfect example of the behind the scenes work. Recruiters, along with the main coaches, travel  constantly to find the right guys to fill gabs and improve the team. These guys do this with very little external recognition and are aware of this when doing the job. These are the types of jobs that I will be working in my future that is why articles like this are important to someone like me, a future sport management professional.

First blog post

When I talk to my friends and family about me pursuing a career path in sport management, they do not understand what it entails. They look at sport simply as a fan, see a very simple concept and are entertained by the product shown. After being apart of the sport management program and on my last semester of my undergraduate studies I see so much more. This is because of all I have learned through this program. Football is hands down my favorite sport to watch. I love the pure athleticism and physicality of the sport. After being apart of sport management, I see deeper than that. One of the most talked about contemporary issues in sport right now is concussions.

Through my studies I have learned a lot about how dangerous the game of football is. The repetitive hits to the head that these players are enduring is ruining lives. Concussions  have been linked to depression, CTE and in the worst cases, suicide. This is a major problem that is now finally taking a front seat in discussions for player safety.

Because of the sport management major, I now see the big picture in sport. I do not just watch it in order to be entertained. While noticing hits and realizing that a concussion could be very detrimental to a player, I also notice everything else no one else does. When watching and experiencing the greatness of sport, most people do not identify the many people and the million details that went into putting that event on. All the things that people behind the scenes did so that the fan could enjoy their experience, all while knowing that said fan will not give them any credit. Those are the types of things I notice and the types of things sport management has taught me to notice and appreciate.