Hello future classmates! My name is Maddie Leupp, and I am a rising junior studying Finance and Entrepreneurship. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it has been amazing to see how the landscape of the Silicon Valley has changed so drastically over my lifetime. Nevertheless, I love how my hometown consistently remains a place for unimaginable opportunity, beautiful weather, and of course, the Bay Area sports teams. However, the most important reason that I love to come home is to visit my adorable puppies, Sparky and Daisy.
Coming to Boston College was a big step for me as I have always lived on the West Coast and so has my family. However, it has been my best decision yet, and I have fallen in love with BC. From the interesting classes and professors to my amazing friends, I have cherished every minute spent on the Heights. One of my favorite activities on campus is the Campus Activities Board. I serve on the Live Entertainment committee, so I get to help plan the large concerts on campus. Despite the hard work that goes into planning these events, one major perk is we get to meet the performers. Another highlight at BC has been my intramural volleyball team (pictured below), despite possibly being the worst team in the league!
This summer it has been so nice to be back home in California. I interned in San Francisco at a wealth management company that manages finances for professional athletes, entertainers, and high net worth individuals. It was a great way to put to use what I have been learning for the past two years. However, the highlight was definitely when a puppy made a surprise visit for the day!
Aside from working, I was able to visit the beautiful Lake Tahoe, which has been a tradition for my family for my entire life. If you’ve never heard of Lake Tahoe, I’d recommend looking it up as I believe it is one of the most breathtaking places in the world. While in Tahoe, we spent several days out on the lake, wakeboarding and tubing. I think it is impossible to not have a completely blissful experience up there.
Although there are only a few weeks of summer left, the fun is not quite yet over as I am about to leave for a trip to France and Spain with my family. I’m hoping to have a little more time to relax before heading back to school and being slammed with work. I know, however, that these last few weeks of fun will just make it much more difficult to return to reality.
Nevertheless, I am so excited to head back to BC to see my friends, experience junior year, and especially, start a new adventure with this class! Last fall, I took Professor Doyle’s Perspectives on Management class, and I was completely sold on any class that was at all similar. I love how both of these classes tie in the alumni network as I think that is one of the most valuable aspects of a Boston College education. At the end of my sophomore year, I declared a co-concentration in Entrepreneurship, and I thought this would be the perfect class to start off my concentration.
My Expectations for the Trip
I was interested in taking TechTrek West in the past, but I liked how this class got to go to New York. I am so excited to get to learn about entrepreneurs, start-ups, and the world of technology, and I think this class is the perfect format to encompass all these topics. Despite having lived in the Silicon Valley my entire life, I’ve never had the opportunity to do a field study of the technology world. I really want to push myself to be a critical thinker especially when doing case studies and to take the opportunity to learn through class experiences. This is a very unique chance to be exposed firsthand to tech companies and learn if I may want to work at one in the future. Most of all, I’m so excited to get to know the TechTrek East class and have intellectual and fun conversations!
See you soon!