‘Transferring’ Knowledge to a Business Career
This transfer student isn’t what you’d call traditional. Cody Crawford started his higher education at another university after high school but then took a break in order to raise his newborn son. Not surprisingly, Crawford says his son is his inspiration. “I know it sounds cliché,” he said, “but it’s the truth. My parents have also been inspirational. I’ve watched them work hard my entire life.” Once he was able to continue his education, Crawford enrolled at Owens Community College and spent two years in its business program. Upon completion, he decided to take the next step to finish his degree at The University of Findlay.
Choosing The University of Findlay seems like an obvious and convenient choice since Crawford lives and works in Findlay. In fact, his family runs a local business called the House of Awards. Crawford says that his parents have run a small business for as long as he can remember. Needless to say, majoring in business management was a natural fit for him.
Crawford knows he made the right choice. He said that he “absolutely loves the small class sizes, the one on one advising and the fact that all of the instructors are nice and welcoming.” Crawford mentioned one instructor who has been particularly helpful. A class taught by Scott Grant, assistant professor of business and director of the Sport and Event Management program, emphasizes networking and getting to know people in related fields. He said that Grant is easy to talk to and is helpful in giving advice about preparing us for future jobs.
Crawford said that students looking to transfer from a two-year college could find the same experience from most universities. He stated that “if they are looking for something average, they can pretty much get that anywhere and any university would work. However, Findlay has a quality learning environment where you can be engaged. Findlay is an ideal choice.” Cody went on to say that his transition was easy and seamless.
Crawford already feels that his education is paying off. He’s learned how to do spreadsheet design that has improved daily operations for the family business. After graduation, he sees himself in a position related to business development or sales. Since both areas apply to an unlimited amount of industries, the possibilities and job opportunities are endless. He’s also appreciative of all of the great job and internship opportunities that have been presented to him and other students. “Being an Oiler is something special. I really love being here,” he said.