I interviewed Alex Simpson about his time as a student-athlete and highlighting what he’s passionate about. Alex loves sports and wants to work in the sports industry. With the experience he has gained at Washington State University, Alex would like to work for ROOT sports or ESPN, but his dream job would be to work for the Seattle Mariners.
You do not have to look far to realize how big of a Mariners fan Alex is. Whether you see him on campus wearing a Mariners hat or take a look at his social media accounts. Alex is true to the blue.
After the interview was the harder and more frustrating part. I then spent two hours editing the interview and letting videos encode and render so that the quality would be the best it could be. The whole process was very draining because I waited until Friday afternoon to start editing my project.
For the most part I did enjoy the experience. I did not know what Alex wanted to work for a sports broadcasting company or ideally work for the Mariners. I also did not know about how Alex came to WSU or that he was a WSU fan since a very young age so asking him those questions and learning about his journey to WSU was very cool.
I know that Alex will be successful in the sports broadcasting industry because he has gained valuable experience while at WSU and will take his experience and implement it in his career choice. He has an incredible desire and will not stop until he is where he wants to be.
My favorite winter activity is sledding. I love sledding because of the memories that accompany the activity. I used to go sledding with family and friends when I was a little kid.
There was one experience where I did not like sledding. My neighborhood friends and I were sledding at our elementary school down the road from my house. For some reason I was not really thinking and decide to sled by our baseball field. The field’s backstop is a wall of rocks that goes from the first base line to the third base line. I drop into the snow and am ready to hit a jump and go airborne but I got caught on the rocks. I ran home to my mom and started crying because it hurt badly and I was also a little kid so I did not know how to respond in any other way.
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My favorite part of sledding is knowing that no two runs/slides are the same. I might hit the jump square on the first time and then off to the side on the second time.
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During my freshman year at WSU I went sledding with my roommates and on one run I hit the jump perfectly and in mid air I scorpioned–where my legs are above my head–and I could not remember a thing about the jump from the time I was in the air until I pulled myself out of the snow.
My summer consisted of volunteering at my mom’s school and working at a summer camp. Although I enjoyed playing with kids, the best part of my summer was Ken Griffey Weekend. I ended up going Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday the Mariners had a ceremony for Griffey and brought out old Seattle sports legends like Steve Largent, Spencer Haywood, and Gary Payton. There were also former teammates and friends of Griffey.
The weekend was great however because it was one that I got to spend with my dad and my best friend, Nick. Nick moved down to Arizona a couple of years ago to be closer to family and to eventually attend the University of Arizona. He only came up for 10 days so getting to spend time with him watching the Mariners was some quality time that I won’t forget.
We used to do everything together. We would watch sports on television, play basketball in the driveway, baseball at the local playfield, and trade baseball cards. Whatever we did when we were younger, we always had fun together. Then when we got older he focused mainly on baseball, and I focused on soccer. It wasn’t just that though, we seemed to have stopped being best friends, we didn’t hang out with each other as much.
That weekend that we were in each other’s company felt like the days when we were younger and would have sleepovers every weekend or shoot hoops in the driveway. I enjoyed every moment because I didn’t know if we’d ever have those moments again.
The Mariners played well that series against the A’s but that’s not the point. The point is that our mutual love for the Mariners and something so simple as going to the game made me feel like we were best friends again.
I’m excited to take Media and Communication in Sport because I will be able to learn and develop new skills that will allow me to transfer over to my career.
Looking ahead to my career I would love to travel around the world and teach kids how to play soccer/football. I love the game and it is a passion of mine to share my love and help others learn and improve.
My international experience so far is: I have traveled to England five times, Germany two times, and France and Spain one time. Although I have only traveled to Europe on vacation, I believe these experiences have shaped me into the person I am today. I am more aware of other cultures and customary acts and beliefs that come with other cultures. I have been able to meet people from around the world and it has given me a better perspective on certain aspects of life.
Here is a video that I did about three things that I love: