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My Fellowship Experience: Dex Blank, MSA '20

Wednesday, September 5 2018 12:00am

Master of Sports Administration candidate Dex Blank shares his fellowship experience at the University of South Carolina.

Fellowship Experience: 

Development Assistant for Athletics at the University of South Carolina

Responsibilties:

  • Manage, lead, and train student interns
  • Answer phone calls to serve Gamecock Club members and new customers to meet their needs
  • Assist anyone internally with questions/concerns involving the ticketing system
  • Assist George Rogers and his team prior to home football games
  • 200-Level suites floor captain for home football games (managed 20 student employees)
  • Assisted managing the social media accounts for the Gamecock Club

What I Learned

While completing my fellowship I developed a variety of practical skills that will be incredibly useful throughout my career. I learned how to use Archtics Ticketing System, through which I was able to manage donor accounts and help donors find and purchase tickets and annual fund memberships. I also spent a great deal of time interacting with donors in our office, over the phone and at sporting and special events. I have confidence that I will be able to carry this knowledge and experience with me into my career once I complete graduate school. 

My Advice 

Undergraduate students or incoming students should take some time and find what they are passionate about in life. Then,work tirelessly to learn all that they can about what it takes to build a strong career in their desired field and work towards obtaining the goals they wish to achieve. I'm a strong believer of keeping an open mind to any and all opportunities that come my way and continuing to grow and learn.

My Favorite Memory

My favorite memory from my time at South Carolina has to be my pregame assignment for home football games. I was tasked with taking care of the Gamecock-beloved, 1980 Heisman Trophy winner, George Rogers.  Before each home game, he brings his Heisman Trophy and championship rings to his Heisman statue outside of Williams-Brice Stadium and takes photos with fans. I was incredibly honored to be his righthand man and it was an experience that I will treasure forever.