KC Niedermeyr: SMBA ’14 Student of the Week

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. KC Niedermeyr is next for her great work in a wide range of extracurricular activities.

KC NiedermeyrAdam John: Prior to beginning the program, you spent more than seven years working in event planning for a non-profit organization. What led you to depart that position and return to school?

KC Niedermeyr: I loved the position that I had working with volunteers to create conferences but my heart was not in the subject matter. I have always had a love for sports and I thought it was time to get back into it. Now or never!

AJ: You and I both have more post-undergraduate work experience than almost every one of our classmates. What advice would you give to people entering the workforce for the first time?

KN: I would tell them to observe, listen and be nice to everyone regardless of position. You can learn so much about an organization’s dynamic as well as their business just by paying attention to what all of the departments are doing and seeing how they fit together for the common good of the company. Also, as the new person you will make a much more graceful entrance and people will be more willing to work with you because you have taken the time and interest in what they are doing instead of coming in “guns blazing.”

AJ: You have lived on the East Coast, in Appalachia, and now on the West Coast. Which have you enjoyed the most?

KN: I don’t think I can pick one. I have enjoyed them all and there are things from each that I carry with me. All have beautiful landscapes in their own right – I am still learning about the West Coast so we will see how that one weighs in…

AJ: Your alma mater, Kentucky, has assembled an unprecedented incoming freshmen class. How has Coach Calipari been able to recruit so many great players and will anything less than a National Championship next season be a disappointment?

KN: Ha! If I knew how Coach Cal was so successful in recruiting I would probably be a Division 1 basketball coach! I think as a long time Kentucky fan I always go into the year hoping for a national title, and while there is some disappointment in the years we don’t win, it is nothing that a true Kentucky fan can’t handle. Big Blue Nation (BBN) is a strong community and always have the CATS back!

AJ: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

KN: In 10 years I see myself working in event or facility operations. It will obviously depend on the opportunities that come my way so don’t want to get more specific than that.

AJ: Of the sporting events that you have attended in your life, which has been your favorite? Which sporting event are you dying to attend?

KN: That is such a hard question. I have been fortunate enough to attend many I can’t just pick one. From the Kentucky Derby to the US Open to the SEC and NCAA tournaments it is all about the thrill of the games and the camaraderie of the fans. I always have a great time!

I think I would most like to attend the Masters. I would also like to attend the Super Bowl or NCAA finals (but my teams would have to be in those).