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Freehold, NJ
Business Administration - Sports, Recreation, and Tourism Management
Class of 2019

Allyson McNamee ’19

Senior
What is your major and intended career path?
I am a Sports Recreation and Tourism Management major. I would love to have a career in the sports industry, either working facilities management, overall operations, or anything in between.
What factors helped you choose Southern Vermont College?
The small size and individualized teaching. When I first visited the College, I had spoken with Professor Jeb Gorham and Professor Stacey Hills, and they really seemed passionate about their business program. I believed in that moment they would help me excel as a student and person.
How would you describe your academic experience?
My academic experience at SVC has been extraordinary. I never thought that I would be where I am at today, but SVC and its faculty and staff have made that possible.
Can you share a memorable experience?
It was during my freshman year, first class as a Sports Recreation and Tourism Management major, being thrown into a project with a real-life client. I had to work with a team to build a business plan for this small business, as well as propose final recommendations to better their business. It was an amazing opportunity right off the bat for college, and I will never forget working with that client and team.
Are there any notable accomplishments that you would like to share?
I participated in The Big Sell at Purdue University in Indiana in the spring of 2017 and was a finalist in the pitch competition. I also participated in St. Louis University’s Real Elevator Pitch competition, winning second place and $1,500, against prestigious international and national colleges.
What advice would you give to an incoming student?
Advice I would give to incoming students is to not be afraid to make mistakes and strive for things you never thought possible. When I was a freshman, I never thought I would be pitching a business to real-life business executives. At SVC, you have the ability to try different things and feel out the waters of what you find interesting. My final advice would be to try new things, and don’t be discouraged if things don’t go your way the first time.
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