I have always been one to question societal norms and the paths set before me, so I have been going back and forth about where I will be going next year. I was sure I wanted to take the next 12 months “off,” or more accurately dedicate them to business, but then I visited Babson…
I love my company Nannofood. I am incredibly passionate about the basis of the idea, and I’m an autodidact, especially when it comes to aquatic invertebrates and algae. As far as business goes, I launched my first venture selling parking when I was seven, and I have been travelling the world learning about business from my dad who has done everything from consulting to venture capital to corporate strategy. As far as education and motivation go, I feel like I am ready to jump into business and really experience what it means to an entrepreneur.
So, naturally I am not a huge fan of the classroom. I love learning, but I have uncovered my own passions. I have tasks that I want to accomplish in regards to aquatic life and business, but classes give me a very different agenda; I find the two lists to be conflicting because instead of reading that new science journal, I have to read a book for English and write an essay. Pair that with classes and activities regularly throughout the week, and school just seems to be confining. If I’m going to launch a business in a developing country, I need to go launch a business in a developing country, not live on dorm in Boston while I dream about going to Guatemala to build a farm. While I appreciate the value of higher education, I have an understanding not only of my own personal goals for a career, but also of the entrepreneurial landscape. I’m ready to dive in.
I did, however, apply to colleges and I was ready to send in a deferral request for a gap year. It was going to be great, and I could dedicate myself to my business and passions. However, on April 10 I took a trip up to Boston and visited Babson. I joked on the drive up that it would be like going to a business networking conference, except without career-oriented network and many less business cards. Before I left Babson late Friday night, I was eating my words: I had a pocket filled with them. It was horribly amazing.
I was on campus for 16 hours, but in such a short time met students there who were anywhere from ideating business ideas to running companies that were doing over $20 million annually. Students were working for venture capital firms, interning at awesome organizations and planning pitch events; I actually participated in a pitch competition while I was there and won. I met people who loved social entrepreneurship, and visited various on-campus resources for entrepreneurs that were all very interesting to me, but also quite interested in my venture. It was a fantastic trip.
Now my decision is about opportunity cost. Is the value of the added time and diminished structure of a gap year more valuable to my business in the next 12 months than the value of the connections at Babson? I don’t think so; I’m really leaning toward Babson. But, I have a few more days to make the decision. I’ll keep everyone up to date with my decision.
Until next week,