While many University of Portland students were having a relaxing Fall Break at home, the Entrepreneur Scholars spent their Fall Break in New York City, the city that never sleeps (and our students didn’t do much of it either)!
The Entrepreneur Scholars utilized their time in New York to assess and lay the ground work for their business opportunities. Each student was busy organizing and attending meetings with entrepreneurial, business, and social change professionals to research the viability of the opportunity they have chosen to develop. Danielle Knott, Entrepreneur Scholar, used her trip to New York as an “opportunity to broaden [her] professional network and experience first-hand how actual professional meetings are conducted”. She reveals how “the trip contributed immensely to [her] understanding of the basic operations involved in starting and successfully running a company”.
However, it wasn’t all work; the Entrepreneur Scholars also found some time to explore while they were in New York. Evan Castro took the opportunity to step out onto the highest platform at “Top of the Rock” at Rockefeller Center. He reflects on his experience, that “before that point, New York was an overwhelming city and those thirty or so minutes overlooking the city in the crisp air let me center myself and really delve into the place. For some of us, it was at that moment that we realized that we loved New York, for others it gave them clarity to follow through with their business on the trip. After that, I was able to walk confidently through the streets of Manhattan”.
By Thursday evening, everyone was back home in Portland, much more enlightened from the experience, both about their business opportunity and life in the Big Apple.