Dec 14, 2016
Hometown: Grosse Ile, Michigan
Additional Major: Journalism (Media Marketing)
Other activities/interests: Jobs – Athletic Communications and Football Operations Assistant, MSU Hockey Game Host. Outside of sporting events, I love to ski and cook!
What do you do in your role as chapter president?
As chapter president, I believe my most important duty is assuring our members that they have what it takes to be successful in this industry and helping them find out where to start or continue. Sports, college, life in general can be intimidating and overwhelming. What I try to do is figure out which area each of our members hopes to pursue and assist them in finding opportunities on campus or elsewhere to gain experience. This year, we’re creating a media guide for our members that includes bios of each member, where they’ve worked, and contact information so advice and connections will be right at our members’ fingertips all year round. I, along with rest of our chapter executive board, try to be the voice in their heads that they CAN do this!
As AWSM embodies this same thought on a national level, at our university we want to support one another, not tear each other down. The struggle we’ve had this year is accommodating everyone’s schedules for meeting times since our group has increased in size so much. But, I guess that’s a good problem to have!
What have you gained/learned through AWSM or hope to gain and learn?
As I mentioned before, what I’ve learned most through this organization is the importance of supporting one another’s endeavors. We’re aware this is a competitive industry, but what was most evident to me during last year’s convention is that no one gets anywhere tearing each other down. It’s comforting to know AWSM serves as a support system to those at the very highest level down to us students.
Aside from that, hearing each professional’s personal stories and experiences truly shows that there’s no set formula for a successful career. Our mentors within AWSM stress that as long as you work hard and stay true to yourself, your unique path to success will shape itself.
What inspired you to pursue a sports media career?
I began to pursue journalism in high school and had the opportunity to work as a student writer for my hometown paper. One story, I wrote a feature on a little league football and cheer program I participated in when I was growing up. The sports department got ahold of the story and liked it so much that they used it as their cover story. I went to my high school’s football game that night, and it seemed as if my whole town stopped me and told me how much they appreciated the article. Then is when I realized that sports are the news that people look forward to hearing and reading about.
Sports bring happiness to such a variety of people, and there’s no question the influence this industry has over the entire world. I want to be a part of the passion people feel when their team snags an upset or faces their rivals. There’s no other place that has the same energy.
What’s your bucket list sporting event and why?
This is very tough. There are so many, but I would have to say the Super Bowl! My parents attended a few Super Bowls before I was born, and I’ve always wanted to go myself. A love for football runs in my veins, and nothing would be better than getting to be a part of that environment. It would be a million times better if it were the Detroit Lions playing in the game, though. I will never give up hope!
Where do you hope to be in five years?
In five years, I’d like to have attained my MBA, a goal that is very important to me. I love the bigger cities in my hometown state – Grand Rapids and Detroit – but I hope to take a leap of faith sometime soon and try an entirely different city away from home. I hope to land a position in corporate marketing, whether that be for ESPN, a publication or even a different industry that still has a tie to sports. I recently interned with General Motors and worked on partnerships that included contracts with the MLB and the Detroit Tigers, so it was a perfect fit. At the end of the day, however, in five years I just hope to be happy!