When I entered the Three Days in Sports Media Flash Internship, I wanted to take some lessons away from that I could apply to my life as a whole. I did not want to take the advice solely to heart in my work in sports. The alumni that I met and spoke with during this internship heavily impacted my view of the world around me and essentially encouraged me to be confident in interacting with others, and to put myself out there.
One thing I learned on this trip was to just put myself out there. I thought I had captured lightning in a bottle freshman year when Brian Kenny, my favorite baseball analyst, and sabermetrician, offered to speak at an M-SABR meeting in the near future. I had just helped to co-found the club at the time and we were not ready to bring him to campus, but I could not believe he responded! After this trip, however, I have ideas swirling all around in my head. I want to reach out to Justin Verlander and ask him to take an interview about his research on home run rates in baseball throughout 2017. I want to reach out to other student leaders in sports groups on campus and do whatever I can to collaborate with them as I continue my pursuit as a trailblazer on the sports analytics front on campus. In general, I just want to reach out more because of the advice I received on this trip.
The other piece of advice I received on this trip was to be more conscious of my relationships and to simply give more of my time to others. Stephen Master with Nielsen recommended that we go out at least five times per month with lunch or coffee with somebody we know in our field, just to catch up and grow the relationship. It was amazing advice and I hope to keep reaching out to everybody on the trip long after we get home.