Category Archives: Why I Major in Entrepreneurship

Why I Majored in Entrepreneurship at CSUF: Sam Lee ’14

CSUF Entrepreneurship alum Sam Lee '14 accepting an award from the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship John Bradley Jackson

CSUF Entrepreneurship alum Sam Lee ’14 accepting an award from the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship John Bradley Jackson

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling, but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it” – Albert Einstein

“There is only one road to human greatness: through the school of hard knocks” – Albert Einstein

“For without struggle, there is no progress” – Frederick Douglas

With these three quotes, I have described our entire Entrepreneurship program. Instead of memorizing or simply regurgitating lectures and textbook business theories, students in our program have the opportunity to face the real business world in a hands-on, yet safe learning environment.

The real business world is tough. One must deal with many different types of individuals and situations, so learning to embrace uncomfortableness becomes imperative to success. This could mean overcoming the uneasiness of giving presentations to a panel of businessmen, approaching strangers, or simply making cold calls to sell your product or service. Continue reading

CSUF Entrepreneur Success Story: Jennifer Barber ’14

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CSUF Entrepreneurship alum Jennifer Barber ’14 has taken her many entrepreneurial skills to China for a year to teach English to Chinese children

It has been a little under five months since I took my final steps as an undergraduate student at CSUF. The first word that comes to mind when I think of my experience as a Titan is “perfect”. Now, I certainly don’t mean that in a conventional way; we all know that if you have any fun at all, there are some nights where you and “perfect” couldn’t be bigger strangers. By “perfect” I mean that, because of that time, I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now.

Where does a twenty-two year old college graduate with an entrepreneurship degree go? I went to Beijing, China to teach English for a year. You might ask, “Why aren’t you applying to big companies at home or starting your own business?” I would say, “Who says I have to do it now?”

I have a couple of reasons why I chose China. First, I like to be a little unconventional; I don’t like to feel “comfortable” for too long. Second, my passion is to serve others. Continue reading

Why I Major in Entrepreneurship at Cal State Fullerton

The following was written by Robert Gates who is majoring in Entrepreneurship at CSUF.

My name is Robert Gates and I’m currently a senior at California State University, Fullerton studying Entrepreneurship. When I first came to CSUF, I knew that I wanted to own a business but, at the time, I was unaware that the Entrepreneurship major existed. My father and I visited the campus during “Welcome to Cal State Fullerton Day.” That’s where we met Professor John Bradley Jackson from the Center of Entrepreneurship. John informed me of the benefits of pursuing a degree in Entrepreneurship. I knew immediately this was the major for me. I had started several mini ventures in high school from a tech tutoring company to an eBay store. Choosing a major in Entrepreneurship seemed like the logical next step for me.

Since declaring my major in Entrepreneurship, I have entered and placed in multiple business pitch competitions, including Startup Weekend. Being part of the program has allowed me to connect with entrepreneurs from all backgrounds. The most valuable aspect of the program to me is the mentor program that places successful entrepreneurs, often alumni, with Student-led Business Consulting Teams. The Entrepreneurship Program also offers many scholarships for its student-entrepreneurs. I was fortunate enough to receive the Conrey Insurance Entrepreneurial Scholarship. The opportunities that have arisen from being part of this program are invaluable. I have no regrets in my decision of choosing Entrepreneurship as a major and I hope that others will be able to share in the experience that is the Entrepreneurship Program.

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