Ryan’s Question: Would you want college to be shorter than four years, or longer than four years? Amberly’s Answer: This question has been on my mind a lot as of late, with registration having just begun. I can’t actually register for anything until April 10, but I’ve been given an ample amount of time to look over the possible courses I could take, at the possible paths my future could take. And as I do, I’m reminded of what Sylvia Plath wrote in her novel, The Bell Jar: “I saw my life branching out before me... 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... 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... 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)... Read More
As John C. Maxwell once said, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.” Leadership and Entrepreneurship go hand in hand. As an entrepreneur and as a leader, you are setting an example for others to follow, and are trying to surround yourself with capable people to make your business more successful. As someone who is thinking about opening their own business, you need to make sure that you have the qualities it takes to be a good leader.  If you are someone like me, then you like to... Read More
Last year there was a major scare that drove people away from the humanities in, well, droves. We’re still seeing the aftermath and are recovering from that bit of absurdity. I’m sure you’ve heard the rhetoric that fueled it: “English is an easy major.” “You’ll never get a job with a degree in history.” “The sciences and business are where it’s at if you want three square meals a day.” Yeah, that’s all worth about as much as what you’ll find in a horse pen once the horse has left. Aside from the statistics... Read More
Last weekend, while being stuck inside due to another one of New England’s wonderful snowstorms, I read an article, which discussed women in entrepreneurship. One quote really stuck with me: “2016 will be the year in which the forces of entrepreneurialism and feminism converge,” writes Sallie Krawcheck, CEO of Ellevest and chairman of Ellevate. “Together, they will drive a long-wave, golden age of female entrepreneurship, which will be a positive for all of us: positive and empowering for the women who make the... Read More
Hey, there! Welcome back to Entrepreneurship Explorations! This week, I am discussing if personality actually matters when it comes to entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs are thought of as risk-takers but sometimes I personally prefer to take the safe route and plan ahead, rather than jumping into the unknown with both feet. As Reid Hoffman, an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and the co-founder of LinkedIn, once said: "An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down."
This... Read More
You know how 2016 was a royal mess and how some people had hope that 2017 would make up for it? Well, it’s not looking too promising so far. Illness has befallen my family and, now that I’ve noticed it, maladies seem to be spreading throughout the country like a vicious rumor. Everyone in my family has had, or will soon have, surgery and everyone around me seems either to have the flu or be in a cast or sling. The thing is that, just like the flu, three mental states travel as fast as the news can: Fear,... Read More
Hello and welcome back to UMass, folks! Some of you might have returned after reluctant and teary partings with family, some may have sprinted out of their homes to get here. Whatever the circumstances, I hope that you feel relieved and excited to be back. A lot of you will already have found your niches and are eager to return to your friends and activities that make UMass a part of your extended family. For those of you who are taking a bit longer, as I did, never fear! Each semester is like starting all over... Read More


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