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Business Bobcat Q&A: Kailey Copelin

Thursday, January 15 2015 12:00am

A lifelong love of sports inspired senior Kailey Copelin to study Sports Management and Management Information Systems. Get to know this Business Bobcat.

Name: Kailey Copelin

Major(s):  BBA in Sports Management and Management Information Systems

 Class year: 2015

Why did you choose Ohio University? :

Once I heard about the sports management program here, I knew I had to check it out.  When I got here on my college visit, I fell in love and never wanted to leave.

How did you choose your major(s)? :  

Growing up, I always wanted to be a journalist.  Because I loved sports, I just figured I could try to write about sports my whole life.  This was before I knew Sports Management existed.  Once I heard about these programs, it all clicked that sports management is an industry and I could be part of it.  I quickly fell in love with my major and decided to add another I enjoyed based on its introduction class—Management Information Systems.  I found the subject interesting, fun, and current.  I also thought it would give me an interesting competitive advantage in the sports industry.

How has your involvement in student organizations/select programs (OUSEMG, Select Leaders, etc.) added to your education? :  

I joined the professional sports management fraternity Sigma Alpha Sigma Mu the fall of my sophomore year.  This organization has helped me improve professionally and helped me connect better to the department of sports administration as a whole.  I am also a member of Ohio University Consulting Fellows.  This group taught me how to talk to clients, figure out what they need from us, and write up a report for them.

What kind of real-world experience did you get from your internship? :

I interned with the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio.  I worked in the ticketing department, so I was taught how to use ticketing software, answer phones in a business setting, and how to deal with customers face to face.  It was a great environment to work in and I would highly recommend it to others.

If you studied abroad, where did you go and what did you learn from that opportunity? :

I went on one of Ohio University’s Global Consulting Programs the summer after my sophomore year.  I decided to go on the Bayreuth, Germany one, because the projects are sports-focused with Adidas Global Headquarters.  The most important lesson I learned on this trip was how to interact and work with international students.  We had a few problems understanding each other at first, but we quickly learned the best ways to work together and get the project done.

What is your favorite class in the College of Business? :

My favorite class was Sports Marketing.  Marketing itself has always interested me, but what made this class special was the project that was due at the end of the semester.  We had to make a case for a Major League Soccer expansion team in Charlotte, North Carolina.  It was challenging finding some of the information, but I really enjoyed this project overall.

Which College of Business mentor/faculty/staff member has had a positive influence on your education? :

Dr. Kreutzer, in the Sports Management Department, really helped me grow and become who I am today.  He was the advisor for the fraternity and made it clear that we could always go to him when we needed advice or help.  I went to his office last year to talk about running for an executive position in the fraternity.  He encouraged me to run for president and without his support I never would have done so. 

How has your College of Business experience shaped you as a student? :

I would be a completely different person if not for the COB.  I have friends in other schools here and I’m always so confused when they talk about not knowing how to interview with people or make a resume.  The College of Business helped me develop these skills very early in my career here and I am very comfortable with many professional skills that make other people panic. 

Do you feel prepared to enter the workforce? :

While I am nervous about my first job after college, I know I will be well prepared and equipped with all the necessary skills to succeed.

What are your career goals? :

My long-term goal is to become a sport consultant.  I love consulting and I think sport consulting would be interesting and extremely fun.

Where is your favorite place to hang out on campus/in Athens? :

One of my favorite places to meet friends in Athens is Court Street Coffee.  It’s located right next to the College of Business and fuels my caffeine addiction.

What do you and your friends do for fun on campus? :

On nice days, we like to go hiking.  We usually just set out in a random direction and end up where we end up.

What is your favorite thing to eat on campus/in Athens? :

I love Ginger Asian Kitchen.  You can go in and get sushi or order your own noodle or rice bowl with whichever ingredients you want—similar to Chipotle.

What do you like best about living in Athens? :

I love the community in Athens.  Everyone is so friendly and willing to help each other out.  You don’t get that in most other places in the United States.

Why should a prospective student consider Ohio University’s College of Business? :

OHIO’s College of Business has some of the best programs in the United States.  Between our MIS, accounting, and sports management programs, I think every prospective business student should look at Ohio University.  We also have some of the best professors around who genuinely care about helping their students.