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Business Bobcat Q&A: Sam Smith

Friday, April 10 2015 12:00am

One influential class was all it took for Sam Smith to add another major to his studies. This Sport Management and Finance sophomore is well on his way to becoming an outstanding Business Bobcat.

Name: Sam Smith

 Major(s): Sport Management, Finance

 Minor(s) or Certificate(s): Minor in Spanish

 Class year: 2017

Why did you choose Ohio University? : A great Sport Management program and a beautiful campus.

How did you choose your major(s)? : I’ve been a huge sports fan my whole life, and it’s always been a dream of mine to work in sports.

 How has your involvement in student organizations/select programs (OUSEMG, Select Leaders, etc.) added to your education? : My involvement with the College of Business Honors program has affected me greatly because it has introduced me to most of my best friends on campus and has taught me valuable leadership skills. My involvement with OSAT has been beneficial as well, and has brought me closer with people on campus that share my passion for Sports Analytics.

 What kind of real-world experience did you get from your internship? : I haven’t had an official internship yet, however I did do GCP Germany over the summer between my freshman and sophomore year. It was great to get some experience and perspective with international business, and working with a global corporation like Adidas was a great time.

 What is your favorite class in the College of Business? : My favorite class so far has been Introduction to Financial Management with Luke McElfresh. I took it sophomore year in the Business Cluster, and it ended up being a pretty interesting class for me. Professor McElfresh was great, and after taking that class I decided to add Finance as my second major!

 Which College of Business mentor/faculty/staff member has had a positive influence on your education? : There have been quite a few that have affected me positively, however if I had to pick one it would be Dr. Hala Annabi. She’s in charge of the Honors program, and she does such a great job connecting with everyone in the program. She really helped make me feel at-home as an out of state student last year as a freshman.

 How has your College of Business experience shaped you as a student? : It’s given me the opportunity to meet other students with passions similar to mine, and it has also taught me a lot about the world of business. It seems obvious to have learned about business at business school, but the amount that I’ve been able to take away both in technical knowledge of business and in how to carry yourself as a professional in just three semesters is definitely a testament to how dedicated the CoB professors are and how much you can learn even in introductory classes.

 Do you feel prepared to enter the workforce? : I don’t yet, however as a sophomore I know that I’ll have plenty of time to develop and be ready to go once I’m a graduating senior.

 What are your career goals? : My dream job since I was very young as been to work a front office job in professional sports. I still see that as a primary career goal, but since coming to OHIO I’ve learned the importance of affording myself a broad range of skills and plenty of fallback options just in case it doesn’t work out.

Where is your favorite place to hang out on campus/in Athens? : My friends and I usually end up hanging out in Baker or in dorms. If the weather’s nice, South Beach is the place to be!

 What do you and your friends do for fun on campus? : We’re all pretty dedicated NBA 2K14 players in our free time. We’ll also go to Ping Center and play basketball, or even head to the golf course if it’s warm enough.

 What is your favorite thing to eat on campus/in Athens? : Probably a tie between O’Betty’s Hot Dogs and Bagel Street Deli’s sandwiches. You can’t go wrong with either!

 What do you like best about living in Athens? : The small-town feel and sense of community are usually present in a college town, but in a town like Athens it feel like the students are especially tight. It’s a pure college town, which makes for a great college experience.

 Why should a prospective student consider Ohio University’s College of Business? : It’s got great professors, interesting classes, and awesome career opportunities!