An Unexpected Journey

by Sarah Arndt on February 6, 2017
An Unexpected Journey

Sarah Arndt is the marketing coordinator for Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment in conjunction with the Niagara University athletic department. She is a current graduate student in the M.S in sport management program at Niagara University and will graduate in May 2017. She was also a member of the women’s lacrosse team during the 2015-2016 season.

My name is Sarah Arndt, and I am in my second year of the graduate sport management program at Niagara University. It is a long story of how I arrived at Niagara, so I will try to shorten it as best I can. 

I graduated with my B.A. in marketing from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia (not to be confused with the game, it is an actual place, I swear). But the truth is that once I graduated, I was rather lost in who I was and where I wanted my future to go.

Most of my college career was spent on the field playing the game I loved, lacrosse. I guess, fortunately or unfortunately for me, I had a year left of eligibility after tearing my ACL for the second time during my freshman year in college. I had kept in good contact with the women’s lacrosse coach here at Niagara, Wendy Stone, and she provided me with a great opportunity, one that I could not say no to.

I was given the opportunity to play my final year of lacrosse alongside an outstanding group of ladies and to earn my master’s in sport management from Niagara University. It took me a little while to fully commit to the idea of moving to a new place, as I am from Maryland. But after a while I decided the distance would be worth it, and I set out for a new adventure.

Last year was nothing short of amazing. I gained a new family through my lacrosse team, and made some great connections with my professors in the sport management program that I will cherish moving forward in life.

Since that year has now come to an end, I have made some big strides in the direction I want my life to go. Through my coursework at NU, I have come to the conclusion that I want a career in the sport industry. As I stated previously, I was not always exactly sure what I wanted to do with my future. I now know that a lot of people struggle with the same thing.

However, when I earned my undergraduate degree, I felt the pressure of having to have it all figured out. My professors at Niagara are the best blessings I could have ever asked for. They have fought for me and pushed confidence in me when I did not have any. It is a great feeling when you know people have your back and only want the best for you; for that, I am forever grateful to them. Because of their support, I now have a job even before I graduate, which is huge.

I definitely recommend the graduate program in sport management to anyone who has a passion for sports and to anyone who is looking for professors who will support them and help get their career started. The biggest piece of advice I can give to undergrads and graduate students is to not be afraid to ask for help and make connections. You never know where those connections are going to lead.

Be persistent in going after what you want in your career, and, hopefully, you will find your way there. I have, and it has been an unexpected and rewarding journey. Moving forward after Niagara, my hope is to grow with the sport industry and become a part of a professional sports organization. 

If you are interested in learning more about the M.S in sport management program, please contact Dr. Patrick Tutka, the program advisor, at ptutka@niagara.edu or at 716.286.8653.