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"Sparked my entrepreneurial spirit."

View of the financial district from the rooftop of one of the many new public spaces in San Francisco

Lindsey Andreana '20 | New Rochelle, NY Major | Finance & Economics

Minor | Business Analytics

“Then, why are you here?” Andy, an alum of Lehigh, asked me at tonight’s event. I thought I had my life figured out. I tend to pride myself on being organized, a planner, and always thinking things through. As a senior, Andy and I got to talking about plans after graduation. He asked me if I was moving out here and was shocked to find that I had a job lined up for me back on the east coast after I graduate. This is when Andy posed the question that stopped me in my tracks.

It made me really think of the real reason that I was here, in Silicon Valley. When applying to this program my initial reasons were that this was an incredible opportunity to meet people and make connections that I could not pass up. And, while that is still true, the two days that I have spent here so far have made me realize that it is more than that. I never considered myself to have an entrepreneurial mindset.

This program sparked my entrepreneurial spirit. Being able to ask specific questions and hearing the unique answers of the venture capitalists and entrepreneurs allowed me to learn more about myself and what interests me. Since I arrived here, my peers and I have been bouncing ideas off each other to come up with the next Farmville. While we’ve got a while to go, we we are already on the way.

In short, I’m here to learn. Learn more about myself, my peers, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs. I’m learning that I do have this entrepreneurial mindset. I’ve opened my mind to a different way of thinking and I think that’s the point.

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