Riley Schenk '18
Major: Sport Business
Hometown: Amherst, Ohio
Minors: Psychology, Sociology and Business Administration
Member of the Women’s Varsity Volleyball team, Sport Business Association and an intern for Sports Information.
Future Sports Information Director
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
Choosing Mount Union
I ultimately chose to attend Mount Union because I knew I wanted to play Division III volleyball. The fact that Mount Union has a sport business program helped the decision tremendously, and I fell in love with the campus on my first visit here! It honestly felt like I wanted to be here from the day I stepped on campus, and I couldn’t wait to come here in the fall of 2014.
What I like the most about Mount Union is the small classroom sizes and how all of my professors know my name. They want to get to know you so they can help you in any way possible. This really helps because it shows how much they care about your individual education and your future! My favorite professor would probably be Dr. Braa because she always has so much energy while teaching.
A Second Family
Being a part of the volleyball team is like having a second family, and it makes me feel like I am at home. Also, it seems like everyone is your friend because of the small campus size—you really can talk to anyone. I think having a select few people that I knew coming into college really helped me adjust to the new experience. Everyone at Mount was already super nice when I came in as a freshman, and I felt like I fit right in.
What Makes Mount Union Unique
The sport business program really sets Mount Union apart from other universities. Every professor here really wants to help further and grow your education as an individual and I think that really helps when deciding where to attend. I think the benefit of combining a liberal arts education with professional preparation is that we get to experience a variety of fields that some other universities can’t offer! Mount Union does really well with hands-on experience and I think that’s what sets us apart.
Advice for Prospective Students
I would suggest visiting as many schools as possible so you can get a feel of where you can see yourself for the next four years. When you do choose and then start your freshman year, I would get involved as much as you can on campus and be a part of as many organizations to meet more people and make your experience that much better.
Passion for Your Major
I love my major. I chose sport business because of all the connections my professors have in the field. It really helps when your professors encourage you and help you get as much real life experience as possible. I enjoy all of my classes within my major and the hands-on experience we receive. I am a psychology minor so I feel that I have developed an interest for that particular field, which is outside of my major. I think minoring in psychology will help me succeed because it gives me different perspectives on thinking.
I have had great experiences so far while being at Mount Union. My sport sales class teamed up with the Cleveland Cavilers and we got to sell Cavs tickets for them! After my freshman year, I worked as a fan surveyor for the Cleveland Indians. After my sophomore year, I worked as a seasonal account executive for the Canton Charge and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
First Year Seminar
My favorite class so far was actually my First Year Seminar! This was one of my very first classes at Mount Union, and it was taught by Dr. Meyer. It was called “Demons and Diagnoses” and we got to watch scary movies!
My ultimate goal is to work for a sports-oriented company. I want to be around a team atmosphere, whether that is a professional team in their sales/event planning department or even in an athletics department at a university. I would love to eventually work my way up in a sports company. Mount Union has prepared me for this by providing me with connections and hands-on experience in the sports industry.
Every professor here really wants to help further and grow your education as an individual and I think that really helps when deciding where to attend.
- What is your favorite holiday?
- Christmas because of the holiday music.
- What's your favorite quote/motto?
- “Control what you can control” is really something that I always like to tell myself and follow.
- What is your guilty pleasure TV show?
- American Horror Story
- What did you want to be as a kid?
- A teacher
- What is your favorite app?