Now that I’m in my final semester of Undergrad, it’s time to face that beast that haunts every college student’s dreams: the Senior Paper. Actually, I’m rather excited about it.
ORU’s College of Business has a great system for Senior Paper: each student has their choice of four paths to take:
- Writing a Business Plan
- Consulting with a local company
- Membership in our Enactus chapter, with weekly work minimums
- Creating a business, getting funding, and making a profit in Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship was originally my path of choice, until life’s circumstances pointed out that it wasn’t feasible. That was quite a disappointment, since I know I could have made a good profit with a one-man Income Tax business.
Instead, I’m taking the Business Plan route. For some, this is kind of the default path- the easiest way to just get the grade and move on. That’s not my focus at all. In fact, the grade’s just a necessary anecdote. This is about writing my business plan, for the business I intend to start someday. It’s about taking the first concrete step in what I fully know is a 5 to 10 year goal, and maybe longer. It’s about my dream. And it’s about facing the realities that I’ll need to confront and overcome to make that dream a reality.
That’s a tall order, to be sure. But I don’t feel like it’s too much to ask of myself. After all, I planned my college route four years ago. Some goals have changed over time, but I’ve never scaled back my plan. And in early May I’ll take a short walk and prove that I can plan for years ahead and end up exactly where I decide to be.
Happy MLK Day, everyone. It’s a good day to talk about dreams.
Thanks for reading,