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Working at the Masters Golf Tournament is a great opportunity but could cost some USC students grades

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USC students are able to watch the tournament on their free time. USC students are able to watch the tournament on their free time.
Student Taylor Corydon worked in a restaurant at the Masters in 2013. Student Taylor Corydon worked in a restaurant at the Masters in 2013.
Senior Pat Daley has multiple Masters' gear from working the tournament for three years. Senior Pat Daley has multiple Masters' gear from working the tournament for three years.

 By: Olivia Weaver

 The 2015 Masters Tournament begins next week and for some University of South Carolina students it will be a great work experience.

 For the eleventh consecutive year, hundreds of USC students are hired to work at the golf tournament at Augusta National to gain professional experience. The students are primarily from the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management.

Students spend ten-to-twelve hours a day working at the week long tournament. They gain experience in a range of jobs from selling food and  merchandise to working in restaurants, front desk operations, and supervising employees.

Senior Patrick Daley is a Hospitality major who has worked the Masters the past three years. He says it is a great networking opportunity. 

"You're going to learn a lot at the Masters. You're going to be networking and meeting a lot of important people," says Daley.

Students from non-hospitality majors have difficulties getting excused from their classes for a full week, which is costing them their grades.

 Senior Kelsie Kessler is a math major who worked the Masters last year and ended up failing a class from missing school.

"I failed because of attendance, so since I didn't show up and since I missed a week of school. There was no makeup or anything she just failed me because I had missed three classes," says Kessler.

Taylor Corydon, a senior business major, says the Masters was a great experience but wasn't worth the stress.

 "I'm glad I did it once. It is very stressful especially when your major isn't as accommodating to it," says Corydon.

Journalism and Mass Communications Career Services Director Beverly Dominick thinks second semester is a critical time for students to be in class and that taking a week off to work the Masters is worthwhile if you are getting the experience needed for your major.

"I think sometimes you have to really think about what this week is potentially doing for you and your college career. Is it helping you or is it hurting you because you're not in class," says Dominick.

The Masters can be a great way gain experience related to their major but students must weigh their options before leaving school for a week.

 

 

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