Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Major: Great Plains Studies
Minor: Environmental Studies, Community & Regional Planning, & Engler Entrepreneurship
Graduation Date: May 2015
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What is your story?
I am from Chicago, IL but I went to high school in Indiana. I was always encouraged to go to college to improve the hand that I was dealt, but I also knew that I wanted to make a business for myself. Along the way I have realized how much experiences influence goals. I used to think that I wanted to open a consulting or sustainable design firm. While I have been at UNL I've learned how I love communicating with and helping people. I changed from an Environmental Studies major to Great Plains Studies so that I can have more emphasis on culture. I also decided that I wanted to join the Peace Corps but found out that I would have no place to take my pets. That is when I came up with my business idea. My ultimate goal with entrepreneurship is to help people.
What is your business?
My business idea is to create a network for people doing international service to have pet care while they are away. It will be either a non-profit or a social entrepreneurship venture.
Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?
Todd Woloson and Greg Stroh the creators of IZZE. They are an American based soft drink company which uses no preservatives or artificial flavors. I appreciate them because they were just two people who wanted to make a tasty drink that was good for the planet and pulled from international drink influences. IZZE is also my favorite beverage.
If your story were made into a movie, what actor/actress would portray you and why?
A young Tamera Mowry-Housely because she is such a strong woman and a compassionate woman. I admire her on so many levels. I have watched her career and she did not let fame get in the way of obtaining a college degree. She and her sister also started a business together making organic breast milk simulator. It is lovely how she balances work with family.
What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?
Take support from the people around you. Your loved ones or advisors will want to see you succeed, and a lot of times it just takes a strong ask.