Editor’s Note: Each week we publish an interview with the SMBA ’14 Student of the Week. The winner of the Student of the Week (awarded by the previous winner) sits in the front row of class and proudly displays a flag of his or her choice on the famous Tez statue. Adam John is next for his quality contributions to a wide range of SMBA activities.
Adam John: Since I’ve been a lifelong tennis player, attending the French Open a few years ago was a thrill.
DC: Your Kansas City Royals have been the target of ridicule in multiple classes. What are your feelings as a fan of the franchise?
AJ: Man…where do I begin? For years, the ownership perennially took advantage of being on the receiving end of revenue sharing. The team is spending more money now, but some of the hot young prospects have fizzled a bit. After a great start this season, the team has now lost 13 of its last 16 (as of 5/27). I believe that we’re in year seven of (GM) Dayton Moore’s eight-year plan (EIGHT years! Amazing…).
DC: You’ve been extremely active outside of the classroom with podcasts, volunteering, and internships. What have you seen as the biggest benefits of these activities?
AJ: They have all been quite enjoyable (especially the podcast), but I think getting as much exposure as possible in as many different areas as possible is always beneficial.
DC: What has been your favorite professor/class thus far in the program?
AJ: Canned answer: I’ve enjoyed them all exactly equally. In all seriousness, Dr. Francis’ International Business class has risen to the top for me as I have an interest in pursuing a career abroad.
DC: The Sports Genie grants you one wish for your favorite sports team (professional or college) to win a championship. Who would you pick?
AJ: I’ve been fortunate enough to see my alma mater, Kansas, win two basketball championships in my lifetime, but I have otherwise experienced years of disappointment. I would probably choose the Chiefs, who have not won since Super Bowl 4. Although, having lived in Chicago for nine years, I am a pretty big Cubs fan as well, so I would obviously love to see that streak end.
DC: You’ve mentioned an interest in working in college athletics once you graduate. What about college athletics draws you in as a career path?
AJ: My desired career path fluctuates constantly, but the atmosphere in a college town on the day of a big game is pretty special. It is also admirable to see the athletes in non-revenue sports largely participating because of their passion for the game.