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NCAA Career in Sports Forum

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Written by Farren Benjamin, USC blog contributor

This past weekend, USC student-athletes Eric Strangis (men's basketball), Randall Telfer (football), Anna Janicka (women's rowing) and Magda Janicka (women's rowing) were among the 300 student-athletes throughout NCAA's three divisions to be selected to attend a four-day NCAA Career in Sports Forum held at the NCAA's headquarters in Indianapolis.

To be selected to the NCAA Career in Sports Forum, student-athletes had to request to be nominated by their academic advisor and then proceed to fill out an application including essay questions on their goals, passions and career aspirations. Despite the rigorous process, USC was well represented at this national conference bringing four people from three different sports.

The NCAA Career in Sports Forum is held every year and allows student athletes to explore careers in sports, sports entertainment and sports law, coaching, administration and officiating.

"I was on the coaching track for the weekend and I was able to attend tons of personal development workshops," Strangis said.  "They put a lot of emphasis on understanding your core values and identifying what is important to you."

Strangis also spent part of his weekend filling out multiple personality profiles, including the DISC Assessment, and was taught how to work with people who have different personalities through coaching.

Randall Telfer spent the weekend following the administrative track and was able to get a view of sports from the press box rather than the field.  He learned about the business of working in sports and was also able to meet a lot of great people in the industry.

"The best thing about this conference was the opportunity to network and meet people in the field," Telfer said. "I met a lot of people and made a ton of connections in just the few days that we were there and no matter what field I go into, whether it is administration or real estate, I know these connections will carry over."

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