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Jessica Butterly

Jessica Butterly, College of Business student ambassador

What is your hometown?

Colorado Springs, Colorado. Now part time living in Mission Viejo, California.

When did you start your college search?

I started my college search freshman year of high school and narrowed down my top choices junior year.

How did you find Ohio University?

My dad did the sports administration master’s program, and I wanted to go into the same job field. With OHIO’s sport management program being one of the top in the country, it was put high on my radar.

What do you remember from your college visit?

I remember the beauty of the campus and how friendly the College of Business staff were. I loved the small-town college feel and the family bond that was shown.

Why did you choose Ohio University?

One of the top sport management programs, small college town, lots of opportunities, and a chance to start fresh.

The College of Business and Athens

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

Major: Sport Management, Minor: Business Analytics, Certificates: Social Media, Festivals, Events, and Entertainment Management. They are all my strongest interests and passions and will help me decide and be prepared for my future career.

Reflect on your Cluster experience.

I did online Cluster at 5:30 in the morning due to COVID and being in California. My professors and teammates worked well with my situation and ensured that we would succeed no matter what. Everyone in the class has the same goal and everyone works hard to achieve it.

How else are you involved on campus?

I am the social media manager for Ohio Hockey, president of the Delta Zeta sorority, and vice president of club affairs for Sports Business Association. I also attend meetings for Women in Sport.

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

I plan to graduate in 2023 with a career in event management or a media position in the sport business. My dream employer is the Seattle Kraken.

Share about your advisor? Your Career Coach?

Jen Washko is a gem. She is willing to meet with me whenever I need and answer every question I can come up with. She leads me to sources that will help me succeed and makes my time with the College of Business really enjoyable.

What’s a classroom lesson that has stuck with you?

Brandon Wright has provided a lot of lessons that I have held onto. The way he interacts with students and works to ensure success is one reason I love Ohio University. One thing I have taken away is it is important to learn your style of learning and how you can work with your professor to succeed.

Favorite campus landmark? Place to study? Place to eat? Coffee?

College Green early in the morning, especially in spring. It is so peaceful, and it is so enjoyable to just sit on a bench or take a stroll and just enjoy the quiet. The library or Donkey Coffee is the best place to study. Bagel Street Deli for a quick lunch, Jackie-O’s for a good dinner, and Hangover Easy for an amazing weekend brunch. Best coffee is either Brenen’s or Donkey; it is all dependent on preference and type of atmosphere.

What is your favorite thing about Athens, Ohio?

The small town and the community within it. There are so many things to explore that you didn’t know were there, and it’s easy to find people to do it with.

Personality Questions

Would you rather have a rewind button or a pause button on your life, why?

A pause button because there are moments I would like to enjoy longer and times where life feels like it is going too fast, and I need a break.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be and why?

Estonia. It is such an amazing country that is ahead in the tech world but looks like it is still in the 18th century.

Favorite season and why?

Spring in general, fall in Athens. I love spring because new life is growing, and all the birds come out again and it’s warm and bright and cheerful. Fall in Athens is just amazing and something that you just have to experience. There are so many colors and the leaves on the ground make walking around campus more exciting. Don’t even get me started on the yummy drinks that the local coffee shops make.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

My theoretical heart. My passion for life. I love having a drive to try new things and always work to be the best. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have that motivation.

Contact Jessica

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