Dylan hails from Fairport, MI. He graduated from high school at Big Bay de Noc School in 2011.
“I went to Lakeland University for a semester. The next semester, I went to Bay College,” he said.
He made this decision due to various factors, including Bay’s lower tuition rates, its location near his hometown, and positive feedback from people he knew.
“I had a lot of friends who went to Bay previously before they went to Northern Michigan University,” Dylan said.
Dylan began studying at Bay in the winter 2012 semester.
“I was still pretty young, trying to figure out what I wanted. I didn’t get the best grades and I took a few semesters off. But overall, I think it was the right move,” he said.
“To be honest, I already had a lot of the prerequisites for it, and I was trying to get done with college as quickly as possible,” he said.
While he was at Bay, Dylan was already working full-time between bartending at the Island Resort & Casino, doing telephone interviews at Issues & Answers, and taking on odd jobs like shoveling roofs around the area. However, his various majors were all inspired by his long-term career goal: entering the sports industry.
After two semesters at Bay, Dylan transferred to Northern Michigan University in 2014. He graduated from NMU about two years later, earning a bachelor’s degree in communication since the university did not offer a sports management program at the time.
“After that, I moved to Green Bay, WI and worked in the healthcare field selling insurance for United Healthcare. I wasn’t really happy, and finally decided to quit my job and figure it out. Sure enough, the connections I made there and multiple events I went to helped me land a job with the Wisconsin Herd,” he said.
Dylan is still working with the Herd today.
“I wear a lot of different hats. My title says I should just be selling tickets, but I also help set up on game days and go out to multiple outings and events with players. I honestly don’t know what my job is until the day comes,” he said.
According to Dylan, Bay College helped him prepare for his future in a few different ways. Most importantly, taking classes at Bay provided him with the time he needed to choose a career pathway.
“It gave me the opportunity to figure out what I wanted to do with my life while staying close to home,” he said.
With that in mind, he encouraged anyone in a situation like his own to give Bay a try.
“If someone were to ask me if it was a good idea to go to Bay, I’d say ‘absolutely,’” Dylan said.