Students at the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics have almost 30 unique student groups that they can choose to join. In each installment of this series, an executive member of one of these student groups will share their first-hand experience choosing, participating in and eventually leading their group.
Alexis Garhart, Class of 2021 marketing and sport management double major, is the president of the Future Professionals of the Sport Management Industry student group at the Lerner College. Garhart shared why she joined the Future Professionals of the Sport Management Industry, what makes this group unique and more!
When and why did you choose to join this student group?
Garhart: I joined the Lerner RSO in the fall of my first year right when I arrived on campus in order to further explore a career in the sport industry. I found the club at the involvement fair and knew it was the right fit for me. I was looking for connections and skills to start on a successful path both in and out of my time at the University of Delaware.
What is the mission of your student group?
Garhart: To help students interested in the sport industry develop essential skills and connections that will prepare them for a successful career ahead.
What is your best memory from this student group?
Garhart: My best memory from this club is a barbecue that was held to network with peers interested in the world of sports. I met many like-minded individuals who have helped drive my passion and have been a support system as I work towards my career.
What is unique about your student group?
Garhart: Through membership in this club, students learn to effectively communicate and build lasting professional relationships with their peers, professors and alumni. Together, our members proactively work towards their professional goals through numerous invaluable experiences and opportunities both on and off campus.
What has been your proudest moment leading your student group?
Garhart: My proudest moment was helping create a networking trip this fall to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to meet professionals who work for the Philadelphia 76ers professional basketball team. The event started with a private panel and a question and answer session with the professionals. Afterwards, we watched a basketball game and bonded as a club.
What are your goals for the future of your student group?
Garhart: My goals are to help foster the same growth for the members that the club has given me with my time as an active member.
How has your student group helped you grow?
Garhart: The club has helped me grow by providing many opportunities to gain real-world experience in the sport business. I have invaluable connections and professional skills that will help me ensure success in the future.
The Future Professionals of the Sport Management Industry has 150 members and meets monthly, in addition to organizing events throughout the semester.