Selfie: Tom Olsen

Hey everyone,

My name is Tom Olsen. I’m from Dix Hills, New York, which is a small town right in the center of Long Island. I hope everyone is having a great winter break. I just got back from Universal in Orlando and am creating this blog post with the few days I have before I am traveling again. On January 4th, I leave for Guatemala as part of the Arrupe program. I’ve been looking forward to this trip for a long time, but I’m also looking forward to class starting since that means we are getting close to our Tech Trek trip.

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Me in front of a replica of Air Force One at an air show last summer. I really could have used some sunglasses here.

Speaking of trips, one of my main interests in life is traveling. Thus, in these few days before I leave for Arrupe, I will be filling out my study abroad application. I hope to be studying in Madrid next spring.

At BC, I’ve been writing for the Heights starting this past semester and I hope to get even more involved with that next semester. I also am in the process of starting the BC Spikeball Club. As a Long Islander, I’ve spent countless hours at the beach, which is so close to my house, playing Spikeball with friends. When I got to BC, I met other kids that love to play as much as I do and we wanted to start a club in which people can spend time playing and getting to know other students. We have been conditionally approved by BC to become a club next year so if you’re interested, definitely stop by our table at the involvement fair next year.

Another main interest of mine is sports. My two favorite sports are hockey and baseball. I am an avid New York Rangers and New York Mets fan. I’ll occasionally watch football as well, especially if my New York Giants are doing well, which usually results in them beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl. I’m also very interested in music. My favorite all-time artists are Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, and Kid Cudi, to name a few. When I was younger, I played the guitar but stopped when I was twelve. However, I’ve recently become really interested in picking up guitar again so I’m going to dust off my old guitar and bring it back with me for the spring semester so that I can start playing again. Over the last few years I’ve also become very interested in politics. As a result, I find myself following the news constantly to keep up with the current events of the day. Up until last semester, I was even double majoring in Political Science but decided that a minor in History may be more up my alley.

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Last winter break, I (far right of the photo) spotted NY Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh (fourth from the left) walking down the streets of NYC while I was with my best friends from high school.

As far as academics, I am in CSOM and concentrating in Finance and Entrepreneurship. I’m not really sure what I want to do for a career so hopefully this semester I can get closer to figuring that out since I have to declare my major by the end of this year. I’m unsure if I will stick to the Finance because I haven’t taken a finance class yet. If I don’t like Finance, then I will switch to Marketing. Despite that uncertainty, I’m definitely sure that I will stick to the Entrepreneurship concentration. I have always been super interested in the concept of taking a creative idea that has value to others and creating positive change for the world. One day, I hope to start my own business based off an idea that I am passionate about.

This interest led me to Tech Trek, as I think it is so amazing that we get to hear from so many companies, that were founded on revolutionary ideas, about how they operate. As far as expectations for the class, I hope that the class is one in which every student gets to know every other student well, which will lead to a collaborative learning environment. I also hope to get a greater understanding into where technology is heading in the future. One thing that really stuck with me from Computers in Management, which I took last year, was a quote from Steve Jobs that echoed Wayne Gretzky’s approach to hockey in which Apple skates not to where the puck is, but where the puck is going to be. I hope that by the end of Tech Trek, my mind will be more patterned to think in a way that sees future trends before they occur. I hope that Tech Trek will have a significant effect on my career trajectory as I hope to learn valuable information about startups and technology that will benefit me throughout my career and will help me with my ultimate dream of creating a revolutionary company of my own.

I hope everyone has a great winter break and I will see all of you in 2019!

-Tom

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5 thoughts on “Selfie: Tom Olsen

  1. Hey Tom,
    I am also in the same boat as you with the Finance concentration with never taking a finance class yet, hopefully it turns out well! I also really enjoyed computers in management also. I had Professor Wyner and it really opened my eyes to the technology companies use for productivity, especially the Zara example. See you in class!

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  2. Tom,
    That is so cool that you working to start a spikeball club at BC, I love spikeball! Hopefullly BC doesn’t make it too difficult on you because that would be awesome. Look forward to getting to know you better.

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  3. Hi Tom!

    I am also in Arrupe, specifically the trip to Guayaquil. I can’t wait to hear about your experience in Guatemala! I like how you mentioned Steve Jobs’ quote echoing Wayne Gretzky especially because hockey and technology are two of my favorite things. I hope you have a great trip and see you in class!

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  4. Hey Tom,

    Like Matt, I think it’s dope that you’re starting a spikebal club. My friends and I hosted a local/regional summer spikeball tournament for a couple years. The first one turned out to be in 100+ degree weather and the guys in grand finals were almost fainting. We were huge into competitive spikeball but have slowly died out as our group can’t meet up much anymore. Maybe this’ll be a great chance for me to get back into competitive again! You’re doing great work and I look forward to seeing you in class this semester!

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  5. Hey Tom! That’s awesome that you did Arrupe! I would love to hear about how it went and what you took away from it. I can confidently tell you that I know quite a few people who would be interested in your spikeball club–that’ll be exciting to have on campus. I think you have some great hopes for the class and we’ll definitely work on getting everyone to collaborate and get to know each other more. See you Wednesday!

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