My Experience In Entrepreneurship

Sarah Stoflet, a LRHS senior and a staff writer for the mycenaean, is in the Entrepreneurship 1 Honors class, is working on her business plan for her publishing company. Although it is a lot of work, Stoflet really enjoys creating her business and being able to be creative. Photo courtesy of Sarah Stoflet.

When I walked into Entrepreneurship 1 Honors on the first day of second semester, I don’t know what I was expecting, but it certainly was not a dark computer-lab style classroom at the end of the murphy building with half of the seats empty.

I will admit, I was one of those students in the class for an easy A in an honors class. Second semester of my senior year and fairly deep in senioritis, I wanted an easy semester. While I did not take the class just as a filler — I plan on majoring in business when I go off to college next year, and I wanted to take advantage of Leesville’s business CTE classes — I did not want a class with a huge workload and a large amount of studying.

After the first few weeks, this seemed like the perfect class to fill these criteria. The few notes we took were fairly basic common sense, the monthly Entrepreneur research projects were easy, and there was a lot of freetime. The highlight of the class was being able to play Monopoly every month, one of my favorite board games. What I was not prepared for was the way I would be creatively challenged.

Laura Wright is the perfect person for teaching Entrepreneurship. She is a college professor and an entrepreneur herself, so I felt confident right off the bat that this class would be enlightening and provide me with the knowledge I needed.

Half way through the third quarter, the entire momentum of the class changed as we were introduced to our Entrepreneurship Business project. We would have to formulate a business from the ground up, creating a business plan, searching up properties, creating and managing a website, the whole works. We would even be presenting our project to investors, just like on the television show Shark Tank.

Since Mrs. Wright told the class about this project at the beginning of the year as a warning, I had been thinking about what I wanted to do, and the answer did not reveal itself until the project was officially assigned.

Because of my passion for reading and writing, and my belief that for some people, these things can help with mental disorders such as depression and anxiety, I created Youthful Pages Publishing Co., an e-book publishing company that only published new, unpublished authors, specifically teenagers and young adults.

The creativity did not stop there: not only did I have to come up with a business, but now I had to execute it. With the constructive criticism of Mrs. Write and other students in the class, the whole class is currently developing their individual business.

The project is not the only thing that changed the pace of the class. The curriculum is not difficult, but it is interesting and useful information. I know that Entrepreneurship will not be one of those classes that I never use the information in. While most of it is slight elaboration on the basics of business, such as ethical choices and the traits of a successful entrepreneur, there is material that is crucial and important, such as recognizing entrepreneurial opportunity and the different organizations that help business owners.

The Entrepreneurship class, while not necessarily academically challenging or time consuming, has been one of the most productive and eye-opening classes I have taken in my high school career. I am grateful to Mrs. Wright for creatively challenging me in a way that I enjoy, and I am certainly excited to see what comes next in the fourth quarter.

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