I recently interviewed a fellow classmate for a class assignment. For this assignment we were supposed to create a video with interesting information from an interview. I had the pleasure of interviewing Angie Isernio, a graduate student in the Washington State University Sport Management Program and a Graduate Assistant with WSU’s University Recreation. As a Graduate Assistant, Angie has a schedule that is packed full! She teaches multiple classes and trains new employees with UREC, takes undergraduate sport management classes, graduate sport management classes, AND I saw her going for a run during her free time on a Saturday morning! She is extremely motivated and you can tell she loves what she does with University Recreation.
Angie was very easy to work with during the interview process. Even though her schedule is very busy, she made time for me to come to her work to interview her and see what she does. The answers to my questions flowed from her so easily and you could really tell that she has a passion for what she does. The questions and answers did not take very long, we did about two shots for each of the questions asked and we talked briefly before the interview to help direct the conversation in a more free flowing style. Editing the clips together with smooth transitions was somewhat difficult but I was able to get it done with a few half hour to one hour sessions.
I truly enjoyed interviewing Angie and she sparked my interest in going to fitness classes and teaching classes again. I used to teach dance classed three to four nights a week at Port Angeles Dance Center while attending Peninsula College in Port Angeles, WA. The video of Angie teaching and the answers to her classes reminded me what I loved about teaching. I think that watching Angie’s video will make others want to attend some of the many classes that are offered through University Recreation. It will also let you know what Angie’s favorite class to teach is and what her favorite music to work out to is!
On March 31, 2017 professionals in the business of sport came from all over the Pacific Northwest to share their experiences with Washington State University students. The WSU Sport Management program hosted the Career Exploration Fair to help inform students of different career paths that their education could prepare them for. There were speakers who hold management positions in community, recreation, high school, collegiate, and professional sport organizations.
One of the speakers who got the most attention from WSU Sport Management students was Otto Klein, the Senior Vice President of the Spokane Indians. The Spokane Indians are a short season minor league baseball team that draws about a hundred thousand fans each season. The Career Exploration Fair had different benefits for students of various experience levels. I think that for underclassmen, the day provided information that could help them determine what kind of sport career they want to focus on and work toward. Some upperclassmen were looking for internship opportunities and others who have internships secured were looking to learn more about the work environments they will be in following graduation.
While I was listening to Otto Klein speak about what he does as the Vice President of the Spokane Indians one thing was abundantly clear, he loves his job. Klein mentioned that he has often heard friends say that they are dreading going into work on Monday morning. This doesn’t happen for the VP of the Spokane Indians; he is excited to go into work every single day. While talking to students, he reminded them that working in sport is fun and if you get to go to work every day at the baseball field or the gym or the stadium or arena you are one of the lucky ones. As young people entering into the world of sport management we need to remember to work hard but still have fun.
As a senior who is graduating in May, I will be entering the workforce as a sport professional in the very near future. I have accepted an internship with Washington State University Athletics and will be working full time plus working sport events on weekends. The transition from student to professional is both intimidating and exciting. I appreciated the talk that Otto Klein gave because it helped remind me why I decided to come to Washington State University and earn a Sport Management degree. All of the hard work is going to lead into a career in the sport world where I will be excited to go into the workplace each day. My fellow upcoming graduates and I are thrilled to be taking the next steps in our career paths as sport managers. We are the lucky ones.