Blake Ferguson, a long snapper for LSU’s Football team and first-year MBA student, shared a typical day in the life of a student-athlete in graduate school.
Being a student-athlete is without a doubt a full-time job. From the outside looking in, it seems like student-athletes have it all figured out. Although, between school, practice, and game days, student-athletes have to remain professional both in their sport and in the classroom. This week, we’re taking a closer look at a day in the life of a student-athlete as Blake Ferguson, a long snapper for LSU’s Football team, shares his experience as a student-athlete in the Flores MBA Full-Time Program.
Student-athletes often find their passion by following a role model. For Ferguson, this figure was his brother. “I started playing football in 4th grade, but I didn’t start long-snapping until 6th or 7th grade. My older brother is three years older than me, and actually was the long snapper at LSU before me. He was a big reason why I got into it, and I am thankful for how much he has helped me along the way,” commented Ferguson. After Ferguson graduated with his bachelor’s degree, he still had two years of eligibility left to play football and felt the Flores MBA Program was a perfect fit to continue his education.
Ferguson’s passion for football has turned him into a disciplined graduate student, even though it can be difficult to find time for both school and football. A typical week day has Ferguson waking up around 6 a.m. for workouts, then he attends class from 9 a.m. to noon. His afternoon is filled with football meetings and practice. After practice wraps up around 6:30 p.m., he still has to work on homework or study for any upcoming tests.
Ferguson is currently enrolled in 14 hours of coursework comprised of four, three-hour courses in addition to a two-hour career development course.
In spite of the challenges of being a full-time student while playing football, Ferguson made a decision to enroll in the full-time MBA program to set himself apart from others in the professional world. “I will be in position to make a smooth transition from football to the working world. By being in the Flores MBA Program, I will receive some real-world working experience which will help me to be successful down the road,” said Ferguson.
Ferguson also emphasized the many opportunities that an MBA will open up for his career trajectory. While enrolled in the Flores MBA Program, he is specializing in data analytics and plans to work in strategic marketing for a Fortune 500 company after graduation.
All in all, Ferguson has loved his experience as an MBA student so far. “It’s an extremely busy schedule, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Not many people are afforded this opportunity, and I feel very blessed to be able to do both,” Ferguson commented. Ferguson is a prime example that with hard work and determination, student-athletes can simultaneously excel in sports and in studies.