University of Maine
I realized doing this internship that I wasn’t as cool as I thought I was. I had excuses for everything in my life and it just didn’t feel right. Collegiate helped me realize that I can choose where I want to go and what I want to do and I can create the future I want for myself. Coming into this job forced me to admit that I was not great at everything. I had to come to terms with the fact that I had areas where I was severely lacking.
I learned how to take responsibility, not just for myself and my own schedule, but for my employees as well. I had to identify each of my employee’s needs and cater my management style to them. I stopped seeking perfection and just focused on trying my best. My time at Collegiate has helped me find out that I am capable of a lot more than I initially thought.
Before working with Collegiate Entrepreneurs, I was very shy and felt directionless. I had no idea where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do with my life after college. When I started doing sales, I realized that if I wasn’t confident in myself and what I was selling, a customer could tell.
One of the biggest lessons I learned was to view the world with an internal locus of control. If you take personal responsibility for why things are happening, you can affect the outcome and grow from the experience instead of blaming everyone else. I’ve changed a lot as a person and grown as a businessperson - I'm looking forward to being able to take what I’ve learned and help other people do that to their own lives.
Freshman year of college I was fairly aimless. I was at school because that was what I was supposed to do. I took a certain number of classes because someone told me to do that. While I was falling asleep in a physics lecture, I heard someone talk about a business internship where you could make a bunch of money and have a great experience and that sounded like something for me. In my interview with them, I was able to solidify my future plans and ambitions - that company was Collegiate Entrepreneurs.
It’s hard to say whether I have one most valuable takeaway from my time with CE - not because I don’t have one but because there are a wide variety of things I’ve gained from my experience as a Branch Manager. I improved my ability to manage and found more direction in my career path. I learned there are things that you might think are impossible but if you actually try hard enough, you’ll get them done.
Before Collegiate Entrepreneurs, I definitely thought I was really good at a lot of things. Going through my year as a branch manager, I realized that was very very wrong. I faced plenty of obstacles - not getting people to sell to, having jobs blow up in my face, losing $1,000 in two days - all those things helped me to become a better manager.
I am incredibly grateful for the struggles I encountered because they made me grow and become the person I am today. There is nothing more satisfying than going through a month where everything is thrown at you and coming out at the other side with success. I realized that no matter what it is you’re doing - whether it's sales, production, marketing, or even learning how to ride a bike, if you persist and stick with it, eventually you will succeed.
Before starting at CE, I was very closed off and shy. I wanted to get out of my shell and be more personable. What better way to do that than to go into sales and run a business? So that’s what I did. Over the years, I’ve faced many challenges but the biggest struggle I had was communicating effectively with my team and with customers. I was able to overcome that by being more exposed to it and having the opportunity to practice.
My biggest development was learning how to manage effectively. I learned to manage my employees, my customers, and even myself. After all, if you’re not managing yourself appropriately then you really can’t manage anybody else. I’m planning to take the skills I’ve learned into the finance world. I found through my years with Collegiate that running a business is something that I am passionate about and I'm excited to see what the future holds.
University of Vermont
I’ve always been very interested in business and known that I wanted to do my own thing but I wasn’t sure exactly what avenue to go down. Collegiate helped me find that avenue! Starting out, I was not a very strong communicator and I was very hard headed. I thought very highly of myself and in my first couple weeks with Collegiate I was (rightfully) humbled.
After my time at Collegiate, I’m planning to enter the world of finance and eventually work in upper level management. The skills I’ve gained at CE - being able to lead a team, being able to effectively accomplish tasks - will help me do that and hopefully start my own firm one day!
I always knew I wanted to do big things in college but I wasn’t really sure what. I didn’t have much direction. I chose a Philosophy major because I liked it but I didn’t know what I was planning to do with that degree. Collegiate gave me the opportunity to learn a lot, grow a lot, and do something that was really challenging.
Initially, I faced several obstacles. I struggled to find a production manager that was a good fit for my team. Once I did find a production manager who worked well with my employees, I ended up running out of work for them to do. By the time I got to the middle of the summer, I was stuck. With help from my executive, I learned to hold myself accountable for my actions and focus on what I could control and what I could improve. After I graduate, I plan to go to law school and I feel the skills I’ve gained at Collegiate Entrepreneurs are going to be very helpful there. I’ve learned how to speak more confidently, how to reach out for help when I need it, and, most importantly, how to take personal responsibility and improve my performance in areas where I struggle.