Augusta University student ditches traditional spring break to experience master’s work – Jagwire


Augusta University’s Dilan Shah isn’t your average academic senior about to graduate in May and attend the Medical College of Georgia in the fall. While some of his peers were looking for sandy beaches, family time or other freedoms over spring break, the 22-year-old cellular and molecular biology major chose to punch a clock. The whole week. Early morning and late evening. At the busiest and most prestigious golf tournament in the world: the Masters Tournament.

“In the past, my spring break was very cliché for a college student. But living in Augusta and having the Augusta National Golf Club seconds away has given me a new appreciation for golf,” he said. “During Masters week, the whole city turns into a sports mecca, as customers from all over the world come to the city where I live. I have always wanted to be part of this experience, and luckily Augusta University is one of the few schools in the country to invite students to participate in the event.

The tournament that claims a “like no other” experience partners with the “like no other” university and typically hires a few hundred students and faculty each year in all areas of operations like merchandise, l reception, concessions, security and human resources. In fact, ANGC officials say that students are part of providing a world-class experience for customers and guests and that Augusta University is a key contributor in helping to provide unparalleled service, a attention to detail and continuous improvements every year.

Dozens of students put on the required uniform: master’s shirt and jacket, khaki pants, transparent backpacks, name badges and comfortable shoes. While the total economic impact of the tournament is estimated at $120 million, according to Dr Marsha Loda, associate professor of marketing at Hull College of Business, Shah, who will graduate from the College of Science and Mathematics in May, would be d agree that student-employed experiences cannot be quantified in dollars and cents. He quickly discovered this as a stockkeeper and sales associate at Member’s Golf Shop, the exclusive pro shop for players and members. The exhibition was priceless.

“Fortunately, my position was a great game. Healthcare professionals are often trained in patient care, so interacting with clients came naturally to me. I loved listening to their stories and helping them through their day, from helping choose a favorite shirt to sharing suggestions on how to overcome foot pain. I’ll never forget when I parked my golf cart right next to Tiger Woods, helped actor Chris Tucker pick out a shirt, and sold NFL star Larry Fitzgerald a hat.

With approximately 9,600 students returning to campus, Shah’s post-spring break interactions with faculty, classmates, or families he guides on campus tours as an 1828 Ambassador” have a different impact”, as the students say. His time working what many consider a coveted job has earned him a greater appreciation for the Garden City and the crown jewel that is the Masters.

“AU has an amazing professional researcher program that allowed me to fulfill my dream of going to medical school and becoming a doctor,” he said. “It’s nice to be able to draw inspiration and live from the experiences of doctors, nurses and technicians, who all practice their profession on my campus.

“Another real-life experience was the Masters. I would definitely recommend every student at Augusta University to have the opportunity to do this at least once. Whether you like golf or not, this really nice to finally be a part of the popular culture and history that our city is known for.

Information sessions for students interested in working at the Masters Tournament are usually held each fall on campus. The 2023 Masters Tournament will take place from April 3-9. For more information, contact the Career Service.

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