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Student Spotlight: Beyond the gridiron with Austin Cover

December 14, 2022
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Finlandia Lions Austin Cover (9) prepares for a block during a game against Benedictine College.

Austin Cover is a senior Management and Entrepreneurship major from Brown City, MI. He is also a linebacker for the Finlandia University NCAA Division III Football Team. The International School of Business at Finlandia University recently interviewed Cover to learn more about his time at FinnU. 

Austin CoverTell us a little about yourself.

I’m from Brown City, Michigan and was raised by my grandparents, Keith and Peggy Redlin. They are a huge factor in my success. I will be the first in my family to graduate from college. I have been a member of the football team for all four years I have attended Finlandia. In my free time I enjoy just hanging out with friends and attending university sporting events.

Why did you choose Finlandia University?

I didn’t want to just be a name on a professor’s roster. I wanted to be able to interact with my professors and receive hands-on instruction. Finlandia was able to offer me multiple opportunities to be a part of campus, alongside the opportunity to further my athletic career with the football team.

Why did you choose to major in Management & Entrepreneurship?

I chose Management & Entrepreneurship so I would receive a broad amount of knowledge across different specializations of business.

What is Finlandia’s major in Management & Entrepreneurship like?

It is a broad program which encompasses many different facets of business. It will help you to achieve a well-rounded basis of knowledge.

Tell about any interesting courses, projects or other that you have had and found especially interesting. What made them special?

Two courses come to mind. The first was BUS388 Global Entrepreneurship. This was such an interesting course because we had the opportunity to work with a local company who was beginning the process of going global. It was an incredible experience to be able to interact and have practical application of everything we were learning.

The second was BUS498 Business Internship. The BBA at Finlandia is extremely unique as it requires you to complete an internship. The experience from my internship at 1st Source Bank’s corporate headquarters in South Bend, Indiana was second to none.

BUS 388 Global Entrepreneurship

BUS 388 Global Entrepreneurship students meeting with Leadfoot Engineering President Steve Bethel. Pictured from left to right: Steve Bethel, Dmitri Samusev, Austin Cover and River Shumate.

What are your plans after graduation? What are your career goals? How has FinnU been helping you toward achieving those goals so far?

Thanks to my internship with 1st Source Bank, I have accepted a job offer with them to begin after graduation at their corporate headquarters in South Bend, Indiana. I am hoping to have a successful career with the company and be able to work my way into a management position.

Finlandia has been extremely beneficial to my growth as an individual and a professional. I believe if it had not been for Finlandia’s Internship requirement, I would not be as prepared to join the working world.

What would you say to any student that is considering attending Finlandia?

Finlandia’s smaller campus size creates a unique atmosphere. It makes it easy to be involved and make the most out of your time here.

Is there anything else you would like to mention?

Go Lions!

Austin Cover greeting new teammate at Fall 2022 orientation

Cover greeting new teammate at Fall 2022 orientation.

Article provided by the Finlandia University International School of Business.


Management & Entrepreneurship
International School of Business
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