I have always been the question asker: I want to know who, what, when, where, why and how as I learn about a new topic. And this habit is what has led to my entrepreneurial work in college. The UNC Kenan-Flagler Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Adams Apprenticeship has been exposing me to the idea that not all people follow defined paths for their careers.
As part of the UNC Adams Apprenticeship Program, I had the opportunity to travel to New York with 16 of my fellow apprentices in November 2016. On our trek, we met with several high-growth companies across industries. Each company visit provided valuable takeaways, lessons and insights from real world experience that added to our perspectives of what entrepreneurship really was.
New York: the land of opportunity, where people from all walks of life converge in an attempt to chase the American dream.
With the increased buzz surrounding startups, entrepreneurship has become the new American dream. Spending a summer interning at Blippar, an augmented reality startup based in New York City (NYC), gave me an inside look at the innovation happening around every corner. The city presents this sense of bustling energy and excitement that is intangible yet universal and inspires you to want to achieve more. The same was true when I visited NYC for the Fall 2016 Adams Apprenticeship career trek, and I was glad to have shared the experience with my fellow Adams Apprentices.
I had two substantial goals for the summer of 2016. The first was ensuring that my non-profit, Healthy Girls Save the World (HGSW), had enough resources to take advantage of being invited to The White House. My second goal was to have a great internship experience with Booz Allen Hamilton and to continue to enhance my professional skills while making an impact on the firm so that I would “get the offer!”