My name is Will Dailey and ever since I leaned about TechTrek West in my first few months here at BC, I have wanted to take this course. My interest in technology and business started early in life and I have pursued every opportunity that I’ve had to learn more about both. As a freshman, I applied to the e-boards of Start@Shea, the Information Systems Academy, and the Computer Science Society. Despite making the final rounds of the application process, I did not make it onto any of the e-boards. Nevertheless, these rejections did not discourage me from getting involved with these organizations or any other clubs at BC. One of these clubs was BC’s electronic music club, Electronic State of Mind. My work on the e-board has helped me acquire weekly DJing gigs at bars throughout the city. This year, I started BC’s first ever Surf Club which has forty members and has planned and executed multiple surf trips to New Hampshire and Rhode Island. My work to establish and organize this club demonstrates my maturity and work ethic. Each trip requires hours of coordinating days beforehand. After finding a time that works for everyone, I rent Zipcars and organize the times of departure, return, and so on. Since many members of the club are beginners, I have to locate safe surf sites (with safe conditions), teach surfing and water safety, and maintain a close watch on everyone out in the water. Additionally, I must manage the expenses, like paying for the Zipcars and finding group deals on rental boards and wetsuits.
Having grown up in the Bay Area, I will not be using TechTrek to decide whether I want to get involved in tech after school. The opportunities that I had in high school, such as spending time around Google executives and interning at NeoReach (a technology marketing startup), have already helped me determine that I belong somewhere in tech. Rather, through this course, I hope to be further exposed to the field of tech and be able to explore all of the different options it offers. This may mean beginning to narrow down the companies I would want to work for or starting to figure out which companies’ culture I would like to model in any future companies that I start. I have already begun this process while at BC by attending a TechTrek Boston to Google Cambridge last year (where I first met Professor Gallaugher) and by going to an event at CIC Cambridge (during HubWeek) called “Driving Startup Growth: Building an Innovation Ecosystem.” Moreover, I hope to learn from the senior management that we visit by hearing what they have to say about their industry and the roles available. Having attended every “Lunch with an Entrepreneur” this year (and many last year), I believe in learning from those who have already found success in their own careers and applying their advice to my own goals.
More than anything, I hope to use TechTrek as a way to better understand our changing world. As an avid listener of the podcast “Exponent” and a reader of all things tech, I’m enthused by how the digital revolution is going to change not only our economies but also our societies. I believe that by studying and visiting these companies I will become more conscious of tech’s drawbacks but will also discover the places of its greatest potential. While these might seem like lofty aims for a single semester-three credit course, I believe that TechTrek West – through its combination of classroom learning and real life exposure – will provide me with the tools to accomplish these goals.