• Transitioning to adulthood seems to kind-of-maybe suck. At least at first blush.I happened to mention that I was doing my taxes the other day, and he shared his condolences, saying that there were more to come from here on out.“Well,” I said. “Adulthood sucks.”“There are compensatory advantages.”I cocked an eyebrow. “Such as?”“Autonomy,” he replied. “With that, everything becomes possible. Not free, but possible. Without it, only other people’s wishes and plans come to pass.”I’d like to think that’s true. Not having enough experience in the matter yet, it’s hard for me to... Read More
  • I attended UMass’s Career Blast this week. For those of you unfamiliar, this is where the school brings to campus droves of employers who are looking to snap up eager, intelligent college students for jobs and, occasionally, internships. The result is a mob of stressed, excited, nervous, and/or overwhelmed kids swarming a hundred or so booths and their attendants. What also tends to happen is that there are a lot of people looking for STEM majors and little else. Still, I did my homework the night before and knew which companies were looking for humanities folks such as... Read More
  • I’ve discovered that it takes trying something to determine whether you truly hate it or not. I have a vast array of interests and the myriad of possibilities (especially in career choices) has nearly rendered me paralyzed. There are so many options that I don’t know where to begin and, when I’m about to pursue something, I wonder if I’m making the wrong choice and should chase something else. For example: I have been toying with the idea of getting involved in the government and public policy for a few years now, and Trump’s election brought the issue to the fore. As... Read More
  •   Another semester draws to a close, the snows move in, and it’s time for a relaxing winter holiday. And here I am freaking out like it’s the end of the world. I mean, in some ways it is. I’ll be graduating in May (unless I royally screw something up) and that’ll be the end of my UMass and undergraduate world. People keep telling me “You can always go to grad school, though!” and “You don’t need to ever stop learning,” along with similar platitudes. While that may be true, I still get the feeling that things will never be the same. Even if I go straight to graduate... Read More
  • Last weekend, I was thinking about all the challenges I am going to face as an entrepreneur... There will be many! So I decided to compile a list including the four main ones I struggled with. There are many more challenges I can see coming, but I didn’t want to overwhelm you or make you feel discouraged. I do like to be prepared. I think that knowing and thinking about these challenges is much better than being surprised by them later. (Even though you and I will always face many surprises in entrepreneurship, regardless of how much we prepare.)  1. Financing One of the... Read More
  • Are you interested in the entrepreneurship world but don’t really have any specific business ideas? Then you and I are in the same boat! One of the first steps you could take would be to research a specific industry further. This could go along with your interests, or you could focus on some sectors that professionals say are likely to become even bigger over the next few years. The following three are the ones that I personally found really interesting, and I am going to think about more: Pet care ... is valued at $60 billion in the U.S. This sector's revenue was almost... Read More
  • School and society as a whole want us to believe that, in order to succeed or get what you want, you must assiduously attend to whatever work is put in front of you and otherwise submit to someone else’s course. That means always doing your homework, putting everything into your job, getting involved in your community however you can . . . the list goes on. This is a mindset that’s pounded into our heads from the moment we start preschool. You want to go play in the sandbox? Well, Jimmy, you have to learn your ABCs first! It makes sense too. It’s a productive mentality... Read More
  • So, you have a business idea and have decided that you need one or more co-founders? Do you know that 62% of startups fail due to the founding team having issues? Now, how do you pick the right person, and what should you and I be looking for? It turns out professionals agree that there are at least four things we should consider when looking for a co-founder: Don’t pick someone who is just like you: Ideally, it would be best if you could find someone whose skills complement yours. Someone who has the exact same strengths and weaknesses as you wouldn’t really be... Read More
  • Many successful entrepreneurs say the success of their startup not only depended on the idea and their management, but mostly on the team they formed. Reid Hoffman said, “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” This makes it quite clear that forming the right team is the first step to building a strong and sustainable company. So how does one build a right time and make the decision of which people to hire and which ones not to? First of all, you (and your co-founders) should have a very honest... Read More
  • Do you want to be that person who is calm in a crisis (like during stressful midterms) and manages to make clearly prioritized decisions (regarding their study plans)? Then you want to be a person who is emotionally intelligent! “Emotional intelligence, more than any other factor, more than IQ or expertise, accounts for 85% to 90% of success at work … IQ is a threshold competence. You need it, but it doesn’t make you a star. Emotional Intelligence can.” (Warren Bennis - American scholar, consultant, and author) While doing some research for one of my classes this... Read More

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