In 2016, Wellesley College finally has their entrepreneurship community, WeStart. The founders, who are serial entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts, are frustrated by little presence of entrepreneurship at Wellesley and decided to build up a community. They started by facilitating resources sharing on their Facebook group, and organize casual meetup events.
WeStart believes entrepreneurship is a mindset. It is about being passionate, open-minded, innovative, and risk-taking when students approach their careers and lives. Entrepreneurship does not mean one has to start her/his own company. Even working in an established corporation, an “intrapreneur” can drive innovation and disrupt the outdated systems.
Furthermore, entrepreneurship can best company a liberal arts education. The flaw of a liberal arts curriculum is students can learn to reason with clarity and discover their academic interests, but never learn what it takes to put these passions to work. It is time for students to consider adding entrepreneurship component to the system to become “applied liberal arts”. Working on a project students are passionate about teaches them how put theory into practice, how to change pure thinking into acting. This is just the beginning part of something great.
Working with a startup also provides students with solid skillsets to boost their careers. This can significantly help students majoring in areas that are commonly considered as “non-practical”. All employers care about experiences right now. With a practical experience working with a startup, seniors will be better prepared to enter the job market.
To conclude, WeStart firmly believes that entrepreneurship is not just relevant to a liberal arts education, but crucial. By joining the theoretical and the practical, the general and the depth, the thinking and the acting, we can educate tomorrow’s passionate learners, innovative change-makers, and visionary leaders.
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Guest blogger: Mojia Shen