New Fort Hays State University student Adam Korth, Kansas City sophomore, is using the flexibility of the Virtual College to take advantage of unique opportunities coming his way while he is enrolled in 12 credit hours of classes. Korth is also a batboy at the Royals' Kauffman Stadium and is on his way to New York City for an internship at MTV.
Korth graduated in 2001 from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, MO. He also attended Rockhurst University for two years before stumbling upon FHSU?s Virtual College while searching online.
"I didn?t know anything about it before then," said Korth.
Korth needed to take online courses because of his busy schedule.
This is the fifth year that Korth has been a batboy at the Kansas City Royals? Kauffman Stadium. The stadium usher position that Korth originally obtained five years ago lasted only three weeks. When a batboy position opened up, a friend helped Korth get the job.
Batboys in the major leagues don?t just chase after bats. Korth and the others get the dugouts game-ready with coolers and equipment. During the game, batboys tend to the needs of the players and clean the locker rooms after the games and are assigned to laundry detail.
Although Korth is occasionally a Royals batboy, he is most often assigned to the visiting team, wearing it?s uniform. He has also had a chance to make friends with many of the Royals, since he has worked there for a significant period of time.
"Usually, it seems like no big deal to me because I?ve been doing it so long. But sometimes it hits me that I?m getting to meet these players that I always looked up to as a kid, when I was collecting their baseball cards and playing baseball myself," Korth said.
As baseball season ends, Korth is in the process of moving. This is not just any move he?s making. He is on his way to an internship in New York City. And this is not just any internship.
Korth will be working for MTV production studios in the XM satellite radio department researching artists and conducting interviews. The position will last from Oct. 6 until the end of the calendar year. Korth will also be working at WHTZ-FM Z100, a New York City radio station.
Korth is frequently asked by his peers for the contact information of those who helped him get his jobs. It was his weekend job as a deejay on Kansas City?s Mix 93.5 that led to the New York City adventures. MTV and the radio stations, Z100 and Mix 93.5, are owned by Viacom. Korth?s boss in Kansas City helped him connect with the proper officials in New York in order to land the jobs.
Korth says the radio and music industry are where he wants to make a career. "Hopefully, something will come of these internships," Korth said, "and we?ll see what happens from there."