Jesse Sikorski – a Johns Hopkins University alum – was selected as Student of the Week for his effort and contributions inside and outside the classroom. Jesse increased his participation in class discussions and was a very active participant in the Dominican Republic, taking every chance he could to interact with young baseball players.
What did you think about the trip to the Dominican Republic?
The trip to the DR was very eye-opening and a wonderful experience, especially since it was the first time I traveled out of the country. Being someone who played baseball my whole life, it was very interesting to see baseball from a different perspective from the practice to the game – it was very special to see and interact with perspective ball players.
What area of sports would you like to pursue after the program?
At this point in the program, I would like to work for MLB in operations, advanced scouting or analytics – I think it would be interesting and fun to work in those areas. Another area that I would consider working in is corporate partnerships and sports marketing at either the college or professional level. I have always wanted to work in baseball, I just didn’t know what part of baseball until I started this program.
Up to this point, what has been your favorite class?
The marketing and licensing class has been my favorite class so far. It introduced me to the basic concepts and presented new ideas about marketing sports to a wide audience. I really enjoyed the hands-on project with the Anaheim Ducks and YP, especially because I earned the chance to present in front of the Ducks executives. I learned that sometimes the best ideas are the easiest to implement and end up being the most valuable.
In your opinion, what is the best thing about the Sports MBA cohort?
I have really enjoyed meeting and learning from all my classmates. Everyone comes from a different background and culture – by interacting with everyone inside and outside the classroom I feel that I have learned a lot about workplace interactions which can help me in my career. The group work for classes has taught me a lot about handling different situations and personalities.