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Chris Marks

Chris Marks, College of Business student ambassador

What is your hometown?

I am from Blacksburg, Virginia.

When did you start your college search?

I started my college search toward the end of my junior year and started touring colleges during the fall of my senior year. My college search began in my hometown, as Blacksburg is home to Virginia Tech, but fairly early on in my search, I decided I wanted to branch out and go to college in a different state.

How did you find Ohio University?

I found Ohio University after I committed to sport management as my major and discovered that OHIO had the oldest and one of the best undergraduate and graduate sport management programs.

What do you remember from your college visit?

The things I found most striking about OHIO were the campus, the bricks, and the active students on College Green. It felt like a place I could fit in and make friends.

Why did you choose Ohio University?

There are many reasons I ended up choosing Ohio University in the end, with the most decisive factor being that the sport management program was in the College of Business. Most schools that do offer a sport management degree offer it in the education school, human sciences, or some other non-business school. This makes double majoring a difficult prospect and means that my education in sport management would be non-business focused. The fact that Ohio University’s sport management program is in the College of Business and was the first program of its kind in the country, meaning a massive alumni base to network in, was the deciding factor in my attendance at OHIO.

The College of Business and Athens 

What are you studying? How did you come to that?

I am currently studying Sport Management and Marketing, as well as receiving a Sales Certificate from the Schey Sales Centre. I knew I wanted to major in sport management since my sophomore year of high school, specifically hoping to work in a marketing role because of my love of sports and experience in DECA. The sales certificate, however, came to my attention during my freshman year at OHIO, and knowing that most early jobs in marketing and sports are sales roles, I decided to add that to my studies.

Reflect on your Cluster experience.

I really enjoyed my time in Cluster. I think learning to work with a variety of individuals that you really don’t know toward a shared goal is extremely important in all aspects of life.

How else are you involved on campus?

I am involved in a few student organizations on campus, with some of my favorites being the American Marketing Association (AMA) and the Sigma Alpha Sigma Mu Professional Sport Management Fraternity. I am currently serving as the vice president of competitions for AMA and as vice president of career development.

What is your graduation year? What do you want to do after graduation?

I am graduating in 2022 with plans to hopefully work in a marketing role for a small, semi-professional sports organization.

What is your favorite thing about Athens, Ohio?

I love the restaurants in Athens because there is such a wide variety of amazing food, and it’s very easy to expand your palate and find new things to enjoy.

Personality Questions

If you can instantly become an expert in something, what would it be?

If I could instantly become an expert in anything, I would definitely choose history, specifically French Revolutionary history, as understanding the French Revolution and the effects we still feel from it today is very important.

Favorite season and why?

My favorite season is definitely summer as I love the beach and all things related to the ocean, and these things are less fun in the snow.

Favorite music artist?

My favorite musical artist is Young the Giant.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Podcasts - I listen to a variety of podcasts all day, every day, and spend most of my free time doing things with a podcast playing in the background. 

Contact Chris

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