University of Minnesota

Sport Management Student Profile

Name: Katharine Cresser
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How and why did you choose your major?

I have always had a passion for sports. As I started to make decisions regarding where I would go to college, I realized that I was really interested in what goes on behind the scene of the sports industry. It amazes me the amount of time and effort that goes into putting on a sporting event, no matter the size, and I'm excited to be a part of that in professional career.

Please give a description (in your words) of your major including the things you learn, favorite classes, and any challenges you have faced.

Sport management encompasses the various departments that have a hand in producing sporting events at all levels. In my Introduction to Sport Management class (SMGT 1701), we learned about the major aspects of sport management: marketing, sales, sponsorship, facility and event management, media, and the legal aspect of sport. My favorite class so far had been Facility and Event Management (SMGT 3111). The class is held in TCF Bank Stadium and it's beneficial to have a big time college football stadium to use in order to apply academic concepts to a real world scenario. The most challenging aspect of sport management that I have faced is the sheer size of the field. As I mentioned above, there are many different aspects of sport management and it can be difficult to determine which aspect of the industry you want to focus on in your professional career.

What types of experiences outside of the classroom have you had relating to your major? (i.e. clubs, jobs, internships, volunteering, study abroad etc.)

I currently work as a stadium operations worker at TCF Bank Stadium. I help with the daily operations of the stadium as well as events that are held there throughout the year. While I just started this job, I will also help with game day operations once the Gopher football season starts again. I am also involved with research focusing on the different ways that male and female athletes are portrayed in collegiate sport media guides.

In your opinion, what is one thing, or one piece of advice that other students pursuing your major should know?

I would tell students considering sport management to take the Introduction to Sport Management class in order to get a better idea of what sport management really is and what professional opportunities are available. That is the best was to determine how interested you are in the field before you declare your major.

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