Name: Diego Andrade-Cabrera
Program: Sport Management
Level or Degree: Sophomore
What are you involved with on campus?
I am the co-founder of the Michigan Sport Business Inclusion Community (MSBIC), a member of Michigan Sport Business Association (SBA), a volunteer with La Casa, and a brother of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity.
Why did you decide to become a Kinesiology Student Ambassador?
For me, it is all about giving back. When I came for my prospective student day, the ambassadors and La’Joya [Orr, managing director of Recruitment & Admissions] gave me a good idea of what life was like in the School of Kinesiology and what U-M had to offer. I also came away impressed by the Sport Management ambassadors and professors, and that is when I fell in love with the school. I also feel like I have a lot to offer, and my experiences can help incoming students like myself.
How has Kinesiology prepared you for your post-graduation goals?
There are a number of different resources such as the Career Center, student organizations, and various classroom experiences that have given me a solid foundation and important tools I need to be successful upon graduation. The Career Center has assisted me by allowing me to explore my career interest in sport law. My Sport Management courses have given me a solid knowledge base in the field and have also allowed me to network with my professors. Finally, the Kinesiology student organizations are an integral part of my professional development, as they have allowed me to expand my network and gave me a platform to create a space to express my passions.
What is the most unique thing about the School of Kinesiology and Sport Management?
The small class sizes make it possible to make those close one-on-one connections with students and professors. For Sport Management, there are plenty of resources, and the professors have the necessary experience and industry knowledge to help prepare students for successful careers. Michigan is the best network in sports, and with the professors and alumni always willing to help, I am confident I can accomplish my goals.
Additionally, SBA is a great resource. It has a large database of U-M alumni whom we can reach out to and build connections. It also has the Michigan Sports Business Conference (MSBC), which was a fantastic experience worth attending. The organizers bring in people you traditionally see in the media to speak at the conference and talk about their experiences in the field. Students also have the opportunity to meet other students and professionals.
The Sport Management program also does an excellent job of providing students with opportunities to gain industry experience on-campus.
What has been your favorite experience so far?
I would have to say working a November basketball game before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. I was able to work with a fan engagement staff member and walk around the arena, throw t-shirts into the crowd, and keep the basketball fans engaged. I was also able to go down and watch the game on the floor, which was awesome. It was great seeing all the players up close.
For Sport Management, there are plenty of resources, and the professors have the necessary experience and industry knowledge to help prepare students for successful careers.
How have you grown professionally, academically, or personally since you started at U-M?
My time in Kinesiology has taught me how to be a professional in today’s sport industry. It also taught me new networking tips I’ve never considered, such as learning how to write polished emails when reaching out to connections and asking for things. I’ve also got a better grasp of the sports industry and a better idea of what sector of the industry I would like to work in. Right now, I am leaning more towards working in an agency to represent athletes or working in a professional team’s front office.
What was your favorite in-class moment?
In my SM 100 class, my final project was to research and present the different aspects of a sporting industry. I was assigned player operations, and I became excited because it was something I was looking to go into. I got to learn more about that side of the industry and the different careers I could go into.
What was your favorite thing to do in Ann Arbor?
My favorite thing to do is hang out with my friends and eat at restaurants in Ann Arbor, especially at Frita Batidos.