(Josh Wall, middle)
In the short time I have spent working in the sports industry for the Auburn athletic department, I have learned more than I could have ever imagined.
Like many students my age, when I came into my freshman year of college I had no idea what my major would be, or what to do with my life after graduation. Amidst all of the uncertainty and apprehension, I thought back to a few words of advice my dad had given me throughout my childhood - "Do something you love, and find a way to make a living out of it".
One thing I was certain about was that I had a life-long passion for sports. I made the decision to follow that passion and began to reach out to professionals within the field to get more information about the industry and what my first steps should be.
At the end of my freshman year, I interviewed to be a marketing intern with Auburn's athletic department. A few days later, I received an email saying I had been selected for the position. I was on top of the world and couldn't wait for Fall to roll around, when the internship officially started.
Although I didn't know exactly what to expect, the type of work that was delegated quickly humbled me. Hours upon hours were spent rolling t-shirts, cutting paper, watching kids play on inflatables, and sitting at promotional tables during Auburn athletic events.
About halfway through the year, several of my fellow interns quit, and I began to question if this was really the path I wanted to pursue. Working in sports was nowhere near as glamorous or enjoyable as I thought it would be. However, I saw how much my bosses loved what they did, and it struck a chord with me.
I began to change my perspective on how I approached each day and each task I was dealt. If my job was to roll t-shirts, then I was going to make sure they were the best-rolled shirts anyone in the office had ever seen. I took that mindset and applied it to every aspect of my job and found myself truly enjoying each day more and more. My superiors began to take notice and started to trust me with more responsibility. I ended up getting promoted to serve as an office intern the following year and have held that position ever since.
This past year, I've gotten to execute promotions and recognitions in front of 87,451 fans at Jordan-Hare stadium, serve as the lead intern for Auburn's baseball and volleyball games, and serve as a part of the A-Day planning committee for Auburn's spring football game.
Do Something You Love. It will take you far.