I have been fortunate to be a part of a wide range of projects at Carnegie Mellon that have taken me across academic disciplines and international borders, from studying the European Union in Frankfurt, Germany to interning with a startup in Haifa, Israel and shooting a documentary in Camaguey, Cuba.
Through my coursework in Pittsburgh, I have challenged myself to take on disparate ideas. From studying organizational behavior and modeling networks in Oliver Hahl’s Organizational Behavior to presenting on William H. Whyte’s “The Organization Man” and its influence on work culture in the 1960s in Kathy M. Newman’s “Mad Men, TV & Advertising,” studying business administration and creative writing has allowed me to combine the quantitative and qualitative while uncovering how interconnected the two really are. My current coursework takes me from a poetry workshop to a finance lecture and computer programming recitation, all in the same day.
Combining these different approaches to problem solving and creative inquiry led me to join the third cohort of the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship Innovation Scholars. The program provides resources, mentoring and funding for students who are passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship. Through the program, I traveled to San Francisco in January 2017 to meet with startups, accelerators and venture capital firms. The similarities and differences between the entrepreneurial ecosystems I have been able to be part of, from Haifa to Silicon Valley, continue to resonate with me and have been formative to my CMU experience.