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By Grace Pohl
Staff Intern 

Grad school in Tennessee is next stop for me

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It has been over a month now since I found out about getting accepted into graduate school, so I think it is finally safe to talk – or write – about it.

I was kind of undecided on what I wanted to do after graduating Eastern Washington University this fall, but I thought I would go out on a limb and apply to my dream graduate school, the University of Tennessee, just to see if I could get in.

And when I say dream school, I really do mean it. I knew I have always wanted to attend the university ever since I first visited it during the summer of my sophomore year. In the end, it was the only school I applied to, so it was really a make or break moment for me.

Well I officially received my acceptance letter in late February to study sports management. I was honestly a little surprised that I got in because it is a relatively hard program to be accepted into. But the timing of it all felt right and I am over the moon that I can official say that I will be attending class at UT in August for fall semester.

The point of me saying all of this is that I am just thankful for everyone that has helped me to get to this point in my life and I can’t believe I am going to grad school. It is almost like I am a real adult now, right?

When I tell people that I am going to be studying sports management, it is usually followed up with questions like what kind of job will that get you or what are you going to study?

Well this is the fun part. Sports management master degrees can get you a variety of jobs, including a public relations position for collegiate or even professional sports.

My goal after finishing up a masters degree is just to find a job in the field of sports in public relations. Whether that be in the sports information department at any given university, or a professional setting that handles sports. I think there are a lot of options out there and I am excited to explore them.

I am on a Facebook page with other sports management students at Tennessee and one of the professors there posts all the different jobs that former UT students now have. I have seen anything from an athletic trainer for the New York Giants to a public relations assistant for the New York Yankees to an athletics director at any given university.

Overall, this journey in front of me is very exciting and a little nerve-wracking. I mean Knoxville, Tenn., is just over 1,800 miles from Washington, just a short road trip away.

I will be looking forward to singing the school’s song, “Rocky Top” at the top of my lungs during the football games this upcoming season while also cheering on my Eastern Washington Eagles from far away.

So sometime this summer my parents and I will be packing up a U-Haul and making the trek to the other side of the country to help me get settled in. I have been forever grateful for my experience here in Cheney and as an Eastern Washington student, but I am also ready to become a Volunteer.

I am still on the hunt for an apartment though and I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to find the right one because you cannot trust everything you see online these days.

But hopefully I will bring good luck to the football program this year, fingers crossed. We have to continue the success that the Tennessee basketball team had at least.

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