News

Q&A with University of Akron’s Jacob Farrar (IMC02)

Jacob Farrar (IMC02)

WHAT DOES YOUR DAY-TO-DAY WORK INVOLVE?

The Taylor Institute is part of the College of Business Administration at the university. I run the operations —fundraising, corporate partnerships, student internships. We have events where we bring in outside speakers. We try to leverage the capabilities of the Institute to help make students better job candidates as well as provide additional learning opportunities through experiential and practical experience.

WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING MEDILL TAUGHT YOU?

Now that I’m in higher education, I look at some of the programs Medill has as a model with the focus on residencies and internships. We convey to our students how important those opportunities are. I look at how the Medill IMC program is structured and think about how we can emulate that here. It’s definitely a different spin on my Medill experience.

WHAT’S THE MOST SURPRISING THING ABOUT LIFE IN CLEVELAND? 

I had no idea how outdoorsy this place is. There’s a national park just 15 minutes from my house. I was blown away by the number of parks, bike paths and running paths. In a way, it’s akin to the Pacific Northwest (where I’m from), except there are no mountain ranges.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CLEVELAND SPORTS TEAM?

I’m more of a University of Akron men’s soccer team fan. DeAndre Yedlin, a player on the U.S. Men’s National Team (which played in the 2014 World Cup), went to the University of Akron and plays for the Seattle Sounders. Akron men’s soccer consistently sells out the stadium, but men’s football rarely does.