Hayleigh Summers: Student, adventurer

When it comes to students at Washington State University, Hayleigh Summers is not your typical Coug.

Overall the classmate interview experience for Sport Management 379 was a positive one. Hayleigh was a fun and interesting person to talk to as well as being easy to work with and efficient. We reserved the studio space in Cleveland 59 and the actual interview part only took us about thirty minutes. We were both very pleased to have rented out this space to conduct our interview because it was efficient and effective in completing the project. Not only were we given a quiet area on campus to interview each other, we also had access to some of the most quality video recording equipment at Washington State for free. If we had not planned ahead to rent out this recording space I think the quality of the final product of our interview would have suffered greatly.

An interesting thing that I did not expect to learn about Hayleigh was how she is interested in living abroad in the near future. She seems to be a very ambitious person, as indicated by the item she revealed to be on her bucket list at the end of the interview. The editing process took a couple hours, which was not too bad considering the scope of the entire project. It also did not take long to record the B-roll video, which I did on my cell phone as I walked around campus on a sunny day. I was pleased to have been partnered with Hayleigh and get to know her through the interview process.

I think the most important thing I learned from this whole project is patience. Patience in matching up your busy schedule with that of another classmate, patience in the actual interview, patience in recording the other footage and ultimately piecing it all together in the final product. Hayleigh ended up being a delightful individual to work with whom I was happy to get to know a little better through our short interview.



Honest Assessment of WSU Career Fair

If your only access to the outside world is Washington State University’s Twitter page, you would not have been aware of the Sport Management Career Fair that took place last Friday, March 31st. As I noted on my Twitter page the Sport Management Career Fair certainly could have been better advertised by the university as a whole to its students. If you were lucky enough to check in on the Washington State University Sport Management Facebook page however, you would have been alerted as to the happening of the career fair.

Whichever way you slice it, it is not the end of the world if you were busy doing something else last Friday afternoon when many Washington State University Sport Management students were exploring career opportunities. While the career fair may seem like the be-all-end-all when you are a senior in college and facing the rest of your professional life, there are different qualities potential employers are seeking other than showing up at a one day event. Not that it hurts an individual’s chances to attend an event such as the Sport Management career fair; there are certainly advantages to both potential employees and employers.

I suppose what I am arguing is that a student should not put too much weight, emphasis, or stress on the importance of a college career fair. The chances are that the first job you get won’t be the last one or even close so you will have numerous opportunities to explore various career options in the future. The most important thing to take away from these career fairs is practice; practice interviewing, networking, meeting professionals in different fields of work, and selling yourself. By selling yourself I am referring to being able to give a succinct, formal elevator pitch, which we did in class. The point of career fairs is not to find a career, though they may help; it is to find out what your identity is in a professional environment and to help you hone that personality.