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Senior Serves Golf Internship at Hilton Head

12/16/15

With a love of sports and intrigued with how that industry works behind the scenes, Nathan Gutmann ’16 of Adams, Mass., decided to major in business with a concentration in sports management. With the ultimate goal of becoming a director of athletics for a college or a high school, he anticipates finding a position with a sports marketing firm upon his graduation this spring.

“I like the fact that this field has so many opportunities to do internships,” Gutmann said. “Being able to find connections from all over is important for this major. That’s what makes studying this field so much fun.”

Through the National Student Exchange Program, Gutmann spent the fall semester at the University of Tennessee-Martin, where he’s been networking with professors. He also served an internship for the Amateur Golf Championship at Hilton Head in South Carolina.

“My semester at Tennessee has been nothing but great connections,” Gutmann said.” I've always wanted to travel, and studying away or abroad was always on my mind.

“Everyone always says people in the South are friendly, and they are so right! Since day one everyone here on campus was interested in the fact that I’m from Massachusetts.”

In addition to meeting a couple of great, new friends who made his transition from MCLA to the Tennessee campus very welcoming, Gutmann said the positive aspects of his experience include the opportunity to broaden his horizons and make new connections within his major field.

As with the University of Tennessee, Gutmann also found his professors at MCLA to be wonderful mentors.

“Whenever you feel like you are struggling or don't understand the course, they take time to help. They provide good advice to students, as well. Classroom discussions are great with their experiences: they teach you what they know, and it helps correspond with our learning,” Gutmann said.

Active in MCLA’s sports programs, Gutmann is a student-athlete who plays both baseball and golf. He also serves as a supervisor for the intramurals department, which has helped him learn how to run events and to manage his time.

“Being part of sports teams helps with the social aspect of being in college,” Gutmann said.  “A team is like a family.”

Each spring and fall, Gutmann also helps out MCLA’s Office of Admission by speaking with high school students about how they might stand out from others in their college applications.

Gutmann said he chose MCLA because the campus provides the classroom and learning experiences that helped him find success in college. An added bonus is the campus is close to his family and hometown.

“Being able to be part of a small community is a good experience for me. You get to make close connections with friends and faculty, and you can't do that a bigger school,” he said.

At MCLA, he said, there is always someone to help students through the tough times at college. Asked if he’d recommend the campus to prospective students, Gutmann responded with a resounding, “Yes!”

“MCLA is by far the best experience of my life. It's small and affordable. It provided good learning skills that are needed for the workforce. You will never be disappointed with MCLA.”