Business Bobcat Q&A: Kyle Pratt
Thursday, October 6 2016 12:00am
Kyle is a College of Business junior who’s pursuing a degree that allows him to follow two of his passions: sports and numbers.
By Magda Stepien
Name: Kyle Pratt
Major(s): Sports Management and Business Analytics
Class year: 2018
Why did you choose Ohio University?
I grew up in Ohio and always wanted an out-of-state college experience, but after visiting the Athens Campus there was a natural fit that I couldn't ignore. I felt the traditional college vibe and fell in love the University.
How did you choose your major(s)?
I’ve always liked sports; it was something I enjoyed with my family growing up. My older brother graduated with a sport management degree from Drexel University, and seeing him pursue a degree in something he loved really encouraged me to enroll in OHIO’s sports administration program. I’m also co-majoring in business analytics because I’ve always liked numbers, and the statistical or analytical side of sports seemed like a perfect fit for me.
How has your involvement in student organizations/select programs added to your education?
The main student organization I have been involved in is the College of Business Honors Program. It’s a leadership program, and I serve on the executive board as a class representative. I'm also heavily involved as co-president of the sports analytics team. We call ourselves the “Moneyball team,” and last year our group won a case competition at the SABR Convention in Phoenix, AZ. We will be attending the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference this year, which is arguably the most revered sports analytics conference in the country.
What is your favorite class in the College of Business and why?
My favorite class has been the Integrated Business Cluster where you work in a group to solve business problems by applying what you’ve learned from four disciplines: management information systems, management, finance, and marketing. It was very intense, but I learned real-world applications of the knowledge. Even if the content isn’t relevant to your specific major, the experience can be transferred cross-category and will help you understand all sides of business.
What are your career goals, and how did you figure out what you wanted to do?
I’d love to work in business analytics or customer relationship management for a professional sports organization. Working in ticket analytics for Columbus Crew SC really shaped my decision to work in sports. It was a rewarding experience because I felt the work I was doing was important to the success of the team.
Where is your favorite place to hang out on campus?
I would have to say College Green. It's a nice place to relax and get a little sun when the air conditioning is pumping too hard in Copeland Hall.
What do you like best about living in Athens?
I love the people in Athens. The majority of people here are very inclusive and have a great attitude. A smile from a stranger can literally change your day, and I’m glad that isn't a rare occurrence here in Athens.
Why should a prospective student consider Ohio University’s College of Business?
There's honestly a million reasons, but one huge reason is the amazing faculty. College of Business faculty provide incredible academic support and you can create a real connection with them that goes beyond the classroom.
What was your favorite career management-related experience at the College?
Through the Office of Career Management, the honors program was able to go on a networking trip in Pittsburgh last year. We met with six different companies, and it was an eye-opening experience for all of us. We learned how to conduct ourselves professionally while interacting face-to-face with potential employers.