High Index 2021 Senior | U Daily

By on June 16, 2021 0

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For Alexis Garhart, of Belle Mead, New Jersey, the University of Delaware has always felt like a second home. Her parents are Double Dels who met in first grade within four hours of arriving on campus. When Garhart decided to go to UD, she was eager to continue her family legacy and leave a lasting impact on the Blue Hen community. Four years later, Garhart was recognized as a Senior Index High among her graduate peers.

The award recognizes the senior graduate who has achieved the highest grade index, obtained through full-time degree studies, which combines the cumulative grade point average (GPA) with the highest number of grades. hours earned in residence at UD. Blue hens who earn a single degree must complete their program in four years, and students pursuing multiple concurrent degrees must complete their studies in five years or less.

“I was really sentimental when I found out that I had won this award,” Garhart said. “I needed a moment to figure it all out because it got me thinking about all the amazing things I have experienced in my four years. This award feels like the culmination of all my hard work and it’s a gratifying feeling. “

Garhart graduated with a Bachelor of Science in marketing and Sports management with minors in The advertisement and event management during UD Lerner College Beginning on Saturday May 29. She obtained a GPA 4.0, having obtained 157 credits in total. Garhart shared the secrets of her success, tips for future Blue Hens, and her plans for the future in this question-and-answer interview.

Q: What has been your “secret” to maintaining perfect grades?

Garhart: I learned very early on to create relationships with those around me, whether with teachers or classmates. There were definitely some classes that I struggled with and I adapted by attending teachers’ office hours and creating study groups. I have often found that connecting what we are learning to real applications helps me understand and appreciate the material. Plus, never be afraid to ask for help – communication is key.

Q: What is the most important piece of advice you would give to future high school students?

Garhart: My most important tip is to get involved, both inside and outside the classroom. This includes taking the time to get to know your teachers, who are essential for personal and professional growth. The four years go by quickly. Don’t be afraid to aim big, try new things, and surpass yourself because now is the time to learn and some of the best things come from the worst failures.

Q: Why did you choose your combination of major and minor?

Garhart: I always knew that I wanted to work for a people-oriented industry and in an environment that is not a typical office environment, which led me to play sports. I like the marketing side, where I can reach people directly. People use sports to advance their businesses through partnerships, spend time with their families by attending games, or rallying at events sponsored by their favorite team. I love my field of study and my future career path because I am able to connect people to their goals through sport.

With my majors in Sports Marketing and Management, I focused my studies exactly where I wanted to start my career, which is sports marketing. I chose the minor in Events Management to help me understand the production and operation aspects of games and sporting events. The ad miner helped me learn how to use tools like social media to promote and sell any organization.

Q: What other activities at UD have had the most impact on your time as a subclass?

Garhart: I got involved a lot during my four years at UD. My favorite experiences have come from the mixed business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, my work with UD Athletics and my leadership development in the Blue Hen Leadership Program. Alpha Kappa Psi allowed me to surround myself with other people with a professional mindset, which inevitably motivated me to give the best of myself. My work with UD Athletics in the marketing department reinforced my passion for sports marketing. Additionally, I loved starting my leadership journey with the Blue Hen Leadership Program and working directly with a local non-profit organization. It was also an honor and a privilege to act as President of the Sport Management Club for two years.

I also had the opportunity to study international sports abroad in Greece, an experience I will never forget. I was able to stay in Athens but travel to the islands including Santorini and Mykonos.

Q: What are your post-graduation plans?

Garhart: I am very passionate about starting my career in the sports industry and look forward to finding an opportunity to start my full time career. It’s hard to navigate the job market in a post-pandemic world, especially in an industry like sports that has been hit very hard, but I’m excited to see what the future holds for me. I am looking for opportunities to work for a professional sports team or league, ideally in the NFL. I am also applying for the UD MBA program.

Q: Is there anyone at UD that you would like to thank?

Garhart: My success would not have been possible without the unwavering support of so many faculty, staff and students. I want to start by thanking Arianna Thompson, UD alumnus, New York Football Giants, for being my professional mentor and for truly defining what a successful woman looks like in the sports industry.

Then I want to thank Sarah Williams, my teacher and Sport Management Club advisor, for being my biggest supporter and always helping me take the next step. Additionally, I would like to thank Kia Anderson of the UD Athletics Marketing Department for giving me the opportunity to work in the sports industry for my entire four years. I would also like to thank my Academic Advisor, Cindy Walkusky, for keeping me always on track and Professor Dee Muir for her support in the Marketing Major.

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