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August 8, 2018
Concordia Student’s Career Kicks into Gear with the MNUFC
Not only does Concordia St. Paul have students from all 50 states, but our community also includes international students from 26 countries. Hailing from the Dominican Republic, CSP student Luis Victoria is working toward his master’s in sport management and is an inside sales representative for the Minnesota United FC (MNUFC). A former college baseball player, Luis knew that he wanted to transition his experience as an athlete into his future career path. We sat down with him to discuss what he feels creates a quality academic experience and how he draws from his CSP experience every day.
Q: What do you think creates a quality academic experience?
A: Professors and academic advisors are the most important pieces in a quality academic experience. Because of them, I have not only enjoyed my academic experience thus far, but I have exponentially incremented my written communication skills in English. They have guided me through all of the academic processes during the course of my program, allowing me to fully grasp what the sports management program has to offer.
Q: What internship/volunteer opportunities have you participated in? How do you feel those experiences have prepared you for professional success and a career after graduation?
A: I interned with the Athletics Department at Concordia. This internship was my first formal job in sports as a former athlete. As an intern, I was able to gain hands-on experience in all of the departments that take part when running a Division II program. At the moment of obtaining my internship, I had no idea as to what I wanted to do for a career. Thanks to my internship with Nicole Grimit and Reagan McAthie, I was able to discover my career path as a sports manager. I discovered that I wanted to be in professional sports which lead me to my newest position with the MNUFC.
Q: Do you feel that you have established significant relationships with the faculty? What importance do those relationships have?
A: I most definitely have established a significant relationship with the faculty and the athletic staff, something that I treasure very much. More importantly, I have established a significant relationship with Dr. Lana Huberty and Dr. Steve Ross who have become not only my advisors but also my mentors. They have had a significant role in my success as a student and as a sports manager guiding me through my career goals and expectations as well as my strengths and weaknesses.
Q: How do you use your CSP experience in your day-to-day responsibilities?
A: All classes have been of major importance, but the sports sales class has been the most important since it is related to the field that I am currently working. The class has allowed me to gain insight into the ticket sales world, which I have been applying well thus far. In addition, my verbal and written interpersonal skills honed throughout the sports management program have definitely been put to the test while working for the MNUFC. In this field, communication is a key for success, especially when you are meeting an important client and closing a business deal.
Q: What is the most valuable takeaway from your time at Concordia?
A: Never be afraid of asking for help and looking for guidance. People at Concordia are always ready to help and be there for you when you need them the most. As my father would say, “Happiness is not the destiny. It is the path.” And at Concordia, you are certainly on a good path.