Editor’s Note: Each week we will 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. Jenny Pankow is our next winner.
Carlos Maldonado: You were awarded the Student of the Week in part because of taking charge with the Farmers Insurance Open and The Century Club relationship. How was that experience?
Jenny Pankow: Working the Farmers Insurance Open was such a fun experience because it was the first event our cohort participated in upon arriving in San Diego. I have a little experience in golf, so it was great for me to work on something I was familiar with, and the people at the Century Club were so welcoming, it made for an easy partnership with SMBA students.
CM: What have you learned from your cohort and the cohort environment in these first 5-6 weeks of classes?
JP: The biggest thing I have learned is that everyone comes from a different background and brings different experiences to the table. I think it’s great, because we have people with unique skills who are willing to help and share their expertise with all 35 of us. The cohort environment is fantastic because we all know each other and we all work to help each other.
CM: What is the most unexpected thing to happen so far this year within the program?
JP: The most unexpected thing to happen so far has been the immense amount of knowledge I gained just by listening to Professor Rosner talk for four days. I literally tried to absorb every word he said because his experience and knowledge on the entire sports industry is remarkable. If we could convince him to spend an entire semester at SDSU I think we would all be better off in our sports-related fields.
CM: Having gotten your bearings on how this year will be, what are you looking forward to the most?
JP: I’m really looking forward to our trip to the Dominican Republic. We haven’t talked much about it yet – because it is so far off. Now that I am starting to look toward the summer courses, it is definitely a highlight. I’m also an avid baseball fan so the opportunity to partner with the MLB in the Dominican Republic is going to be amazing.
CM: What are you looking for in the next Student of the Week?
JP: For the next Student of the Week, I am looking for someone who is a true team player, and displays leadership inside and outside the classroom. It’s really difficult to distinguish one person, because everyone in the class contributes in some way, but I am looking for someone who has distinguished himself (or herself) from the rest of the class this week.