As a child in upstate New York, where winter seemed to last longer than any other season, Chris Mazdzer loved sledding. By the age of 13, he was traveling around the globe competing in the junior World Cup Luge circuit; in 2010 and 2014, he competed in the Olympics with the U.S. Luge Team. Spending half his life in the insular world of competitive sports, Chris realized that he needed an understanding of real-world business to prepare him for a career after sports. That’s why he's earning a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance from DeVry University.
While Chris looks back on his Olympic memories fondly, he has not yet reached his goal of winning a gold medal. He says that his coaches are an integral part of his success. Similarly, he feels that DeVry University professors and advisors are integral to his educational success. DeVry professors bring real-world experience into the classroom; many of them own their own businesses.
Flexibility is also essential. Chris feels that "the flexibility of an 8-week class structure is the number one thing that makes DeVry University special." Chris can arrange his schedule to be heavy during slow times and light when he's in the middle of training and competition. And everyone at DeVry understands not only his time constraints and travel challenges; wherever he is, he finds a way to get his schoolwork done.
The best advice Chris ever received helps him work toward achieving both his Olympic and academic goals: "Find an endpoint in your life regarding where you want to be and what you want to achieve. Now, organize all of your daily interactions and decisions to help you get to that endpoint. When you are doing this correctly, your life will feel like it's flowing, because everything is happening for a reason."
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