Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"Here-I'm Open": A Day in the Life (Part 2 of 2)

While juggling being on Co-Op with Nelligan Sports Marketing at the University of Pennsylvania Dept. of Athletics property, with the many other responsibilities being a college student brings, days become quite hectic. To offer you some insight on just what one can do in a day and to inspire you to do more with your day, below is a recap of my day today, Monday, March 7, 2011. A day in the life of Kevin Giordano:

6:30am-7:00am: The alarm goes off, roll out of bed, grab my ipod and head to the rec. center for the morning workout.

7:00am-8:00am: Workout and 3 mile run.  Keeps me awake and get’s me started for the day!

8:15am-9:35pm: Arrive back to the room.  Eat breakfast, shower, prep and head over to the Palestra for work.

10am-12:05pm: Arrive at the Palestra offices. Stop downstairs to greet the rest of the marketing department. Head upstairs to my desk in the Big 5 office to quickly grab a few things for our 10am meeting with the beverage company who owns the pouring rights for Penn Athletics. Meeting goes well, though it was rather long. We all seem to be on the same page for the Penn Relays, which is held the last week of April.

12:10pm-12:45pm: Lunch time back at my desk. Brought my boring brown-bag lunch, as usual.  Peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat, with yogurt, an apple, and a fruit granola bar.

1:00pm-1:50pm: Internal Basketball Meeting in the Dunning Coaches Center. Prep. for tomorrow's (Tuesday's) basketball double-header vs. Princeton. Women at 4:30pm and the Men at 7pm at the Palestra.

2:00pm-2:45pm: Weekly External Operations Meeting with the staff of the Marketing and Corporate Partnerships (us!), Communications, and Ticketing departments, and the folks at the Penn Relays Office.  The meeting is led by the Associate A.D. for External Affairs.

3:00pm-4:15pm: Mike (the GM for Corporate Partnerships) and I head to our important follow-up meeting with a new local business owner interested in a sponsorship with the Penn Relays and Penn Athletics. I went alone on the initial meeting so it was nice for Mike to meet the business owner for the first time.  Goes well, establish a timetable for decisions to be made.

4:30pm-4:45pm: Back at my desk.  Answer emails and follow up on a few left voicemails. Pack up my things and leave the office for the day.

5:00pm-6:00pm: Sport Management Student Union (SMSU) Officers Meeting in the Goodwin College of Professional Studies back at Drexel. We discuss Wednesday's Members Meeting and our Sports Industry Ambassadors Program initiative.

6:15pm-7:15pm: Dinner at a local pizza place with my roomate from last year. Nice to catch up and talk about our lives.

7:30pm-8:15pm: Grocery shopping at Fresh Grocer, a few blocks away. Usually go on Sunday but it was poring most of the day yesterday. Head back to the room to drop off the week's groceries.

8:30pm-9:45pm: Library with some friends working on an assignment. Good to see them again. Being on Co-Op is different. I'm used to seeing sport management friends in class.

9:45pm-10:00pm: Back to the room. Quick change into gym clothes again. Time for some soccer.

10:05pm-11:55pm: Soccer with some friends at Buckley Field on campus.

12:00am-?: Writing this! Time to unwind a little. Respond to some pressing emails. Bed and getting ready to do it all again tomorrow!

Kevin Giordano is a sophomore sport management major, with experience working in women’s and men’s professional soccer and collegiate athletics. For questions, comments, and story suggestions, he can be reached at kgiordano25@yahoo.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@KevinGiordano).

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