Hello!!!! I am SO excited to get to know all of you this semester! I can’t believe how quickly summer has gone, but I’m looking forward to being back at BC soon. I have lived in Minnesota my entire life and have four siblings and a dog. My two older brothers both graduated from BC a few years ago, and my freshman year I actually lived in the same dorm room in Keyes North as one of my brothers….not sure how that happened haha. I will be a sophomore in CSOM this coming year, and I’m not completely sure what I want to concentrate in. Right now, I am leaning toward a co-concentration in Information Systems and Finance with a minor in Philosophy. When I first came to BC, I thought I wanted to pursue an Environmental Studies major, but after taking Computers in Managements with Gallaugher and Sterpe, I became fascinated with technology.
Throughout my freshman year, I further explored opportunities in entrepreneurship and technology and became involved in clubs like WIN, Coaching Corps, WIB, and Case Impact. This year I am excited to increase my involvement by joining the e board for WIN and WIB. I also really enjoyed attending events put on by the Shea Center and became slightly obsessed with the Lunch with an Entrepreneur. After every lunch, I would leave inspired by their start up journey. Additionally, I have been an avid listener of the podcast How I Built This for the past few years. These interests motivated me to start my own podcast that highlights BC alumni and students that have pursued careers in entrepreneurship and technology. I launched the podcast toward the end of the spring semester last year, and I am looking forward to further developing it this year.
This summer I ended up staying in Boston for an internship at Vivoom, a digital advertising tech start up. I had the chance to work on a number of interesting projects and feel in love with the start up culture. In addition to my internship, I was also a host at UNOs on Boylston, worked events for BC catering, and babysat for an adorable family in Newton. I also had the opportunity to explore the east coast more on the weekends. Some highlights were Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Acadia National Park/Bar Harbor, Provincetown, Barnstable, and Washington D.C. Despite being a proud Minnesotan, I have quickly developed a deep appreciation for the east coast and am excited to explore more places. I also had the chance to come back to MN various times throughout the summer and spent most of my time home at my cabin. I have spent almost every summer of my life there on the lake and enjoy wakeboarding, solemn skiing, tubing, jet skiing, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, paddle boating, 4 wheeling, mini dirt biking — basically any activity.
My interest in applying for Tech Trek was first sparked during Computers in Management when Professor Gallaugher would talk fondly of the class and share pictures of smiling BC students visiting companies like Google and Facebook. When I mentioned my interest to him, he encouraged me to attend some of the Friday Tech Treks into Boston that the Shea Center hosts, and I loved them. Therefore, when I found out they were going to start Tech Trek East, I was eager to join. I had a number of friends go on Tech Trek West, and their praise for the class and trip has only increased my excitement. Through this class, I hope to gain a better understanding about how some of the major tech companies were started and how they managed to overcome various obstacles to become the giants many of them are today. I also cannot wait to meet with people at the tech firms and develop friendships with others in the class.