What’s it like to go to school for Entrepreneurship?
Going to school as an entrepreneur? Ironic? I had no clue what The Close School of Entrepreneurship was when I was applying to schools for college, nor did I know about Drexel University. A year and a half later, I couldn’t be happier to be studying at The Close School. Life as an entrepreneurship student has been everything that I’ve ever wanted it to be, plus a million. I look forward to class and am interested in school. Last quarter, I took a class called Ready Set Fail, and over the span of the 10 weeks, I learned how to mitigate the risks of failure and move on quickly. I learned that if you fail, accept the failure, learn from it, and move on. It is unbelievable that I have the opportunity to learn this information in school. Most of the entrepreneurial strategies and skills that I learn in my classes have so far have mostly been related to social entrepreneurship.
Here's how I use social entrepreneurship in my life.
o Positive minds (Glass half full)
o Goal setting
o Task based oriented (Daily To-Do Lists)
o Staying organized (Daily Schedule)
o Learn from mistakes and move on quickly
Why did I choose to study entrepreneurship and why is it important to learn?
There are many paths someone can take to become an entrepreneur, and going to college to study entrepreneurship was the definitely best and most practical path for me. In general, college is a great place to meet new people, try new activities, and ultimately fail without having the repercussions you would have in the real world. It’s also interesting because going to school for entrepreneurship is a risk in of itself, and being an entrepreneur involves knowing when to or not to take risks. Although you don’t learn all the facts and formulas that they teach in business school, you gain insight on the necessary skills entrepreneurs have, and get to be as creative as you’d like. You don’t have to start a company to be an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship is a lifestyle that begins with one’s mindset. Honestly, for me, one of my biggest drivers is knowing how lucky I am to be alive. I am beyond grateful for being a human being on earth. I didn’t really start to feel that way until I began studying entrepreneurship a few years back. Knowing yourself and what motivates you is one of the most important aspects of entrepreneurship. What are you good at? What’s your passion, and what do you enjoy doing? Those are some of the questions I asked myself when I started studying entrepreneurship, and quite frankly, I still ask myself them every day. Of course, going to school for entrepreneurship is not for everyone, and many successful entrepreneurs prove that today. You don’t have to go to school to become an entrepreneur, but it is definitely is a strong path one can take to begin their entrepreneurial journey.
How to start studying entrepreneurship?
· Research entrepreneurship classes at your school or in your area
· Read self-improvement books
· Watch entrepreneurial and self-improvement YouTube videos
· Find Mentors
Entrepreneurship opportunity outside of the classroom.
Having the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and directly applying what I’ve learned in class to a startup like VyB has been an exciting experience. I also feel like I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I am good at from working at VyB. Having the responsibility to manage VyB’s Twitter account has taught to plan out when to post, be active with engagement, and to stay organized. In the beginning though, I faced many challenges. To be honest, I am still facing some of those challenges today. Gaining followers, creating daily and engaging content, and creating a community are just a few. Similar to what I am learning in class, the VyB team encourages us to take risk and not to be afraid to fail. I am so beyond grateful for being a part of the VyB TryB. The people are the best of the best, incredible to be around and always motivating me to work my hardest.
Lessons I’ve learned from VyB so far.
· Learn as much as you can whenever you can (everything is a learning moment)
· Team is extremely important (surround yourself with positive and like-minded people)
· Stay organized (keep a schedule and planner
· Task oriented (They have a daily task last tracked from the past 500 days)
· It’s better to try and fail than not try at all
As discussed earlier, entrepreneurship can be taught from both in the classroom and from experiences, and that is one of the biggest reasons why I chose Drexel University. Daniel Martini, another member of the VyB Future Leader’s Program, wrote an article about learning in the classroom versus learning from experiences, and I highly recommend you check it out. It’s a great blog and very engaging.