As I gathered information to create my enterprise story, I tried to create a scenario to where the reader can feel as if they were student athletes going through a daily schedule. I first developed my story idea because of my own personal experience in playing collegiate football and the trials that weighed heavily for the majority of student athletes throughout the country. It surprised me to think that the students that I did interview in fact actually agreed that student athletes had a more challenging schedule instead of debating the issue. I was able to locate my sources through local football players of the University of Utah. The starting right defensive end, Jason Fanaika, happens to be my first cousin, so I had no trouble reaching out to him and a few other close friends of mine who are on the team. As for normal students, I asked a few people that I knew in a few of my classes and their responses were more than what I expected. In reality, I expected negative responses and input on how unfair regular students are treated compared to student athletes, but in fact I received positive feedback and support from local students. It was pretty cool to see how supportive the University of Utah students were towards their fellow student athlete classmates. In the end, this was a fun experience being able interview students and get feedback about how Utah students felt and so far everything was nothing but positive.
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Attended East High School from freshman through Jr years of high school but graduated from Pleasant Grove High School. Played football at Southern Virginia University for one year straight out of high school followed by serving a two-year, full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in San Diego, California from 2011-2013. Returned home and attended Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas and continued to play football there for two more years. Recently moved back home to Salt Lake City in June of 2015. Currently attending the University of Utah working toward a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree majoring in Strategic Communications.
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