Social Entrepreneurship Abroad trip to Costa rica with the Entrepreneurship Certificate.
During my final spring semester as an undergrad, I had the opportunity to travel with our ENTP 1010 class on a transformational Social Entrepreneurship Abroad trip to Costa Rica during Spring Break. As we traveled around the country educating and meeting with local entrepreneurs and small business owners in several small towns and universities, I came to the realization that what I really wanted in life was to create my own path, and that the MSIS program would enable me to do so and thus, have a meaningful and impactful career. While on this trip, I had one of the most formative conversations of my life. While traveling across the scenic landscape of Volcano Arenal to visit the final college, I engaged in a conversation with professor Dr. Barclay Burns and also the ENTP Program Director, Matt Katzenbach, about my interest in pursuing the MSIS degree. We talked about my goals and aspirations as an entrepreneur and how the MSIS degree will create value for me as a professional. During his time at Learning.com, Barclay had a great deal of experience in managing teams of employees with information systems backgrounds. He also strongly encouraged me to apply to the program. I am currently still waiting for a verdict on my application from the MSIS department, but I am very confident that I will be accepted into the program. This trip has helped me to realize my dreams and has taught me that there are so many opportunities available to me. The people of Costa Rica opened my eyes to the world and the unique opportunities that are available to every person in this world no matter their status or physical place on Earth. Mark Twain once said, “I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.”