Editor’s Note: Each week we will publish an interview with the SMBA ’14 Student of the Week (there will be a few a week to start since we are behind). 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.
Jasmine McGee: I am hoping to gain a competitive advantage in the workforce through my relationships that I will build with my classmates. I think it is important to build solid relationships with everyone.
WF: You had a lot of leadership experience at Georgetown University while you completed your undergraduate degrees. What skills can you apply while you’re in the program and beyond?
JM: At Georgetown, I learned a lot about various leadership styles that will help me lead by example during this program. I also developed the ability to work with different types of people; I think this is important to be able to adapt to different personalities and backgrounds and to do your best to learn from those people and their experiences. Being able to work in groups with people, whether you like them or not, is a very important skill to have because you will forever be integrated into different groups of people within the workforce.
WF: Conference realignment has affected Georgetown University directly. What are your thoughts on realignment?
JM: I think realignment takes a lot away from the fan/game experience. Being an alumna of Georgetown University, my entire college career was spent valuing certain rivalries and using those to drive my passion for Hoya Athletics. With the new conference realignment of the Big East, some of the big rivalries will cease to exist and those are the foundation of our program. Realignment revolves around money, and while I believe college athletics is a business that should remain lucrative, there comes a point where I have to question certain business moves when they begin to compromise the quality of the sports themselves.
WF: What has shocked or surprised you most about graduate school?
JM: Coming into the program, I definitely knew it would be intense. However, just how intense and jam-packed the schedule would be was the biggest reality check. There is really no time off, even when we are out of class or on weekends; the work never stops. I think the actual schedule itself kind of caught me off guard because I’m such a stickler for good time management and scheduling.
WF: What advice do you have for youth who want to be in the sports business industry?
JM: I think the best advice for anyone who wants to be in sports is to be on the ball early. I think you should be constantly reading articles, books, and blogs that are sports/sports business related so that you can keep up with the constant changes in the industry. Staying up on the current events in the industry also help you to hold conversations and network with sports business professionals and future employers.