“I had the opportunity to go to the Ashoka Exchange in 2012, and saw people who had a passion for social entrepreneurship — integrating business with social impact — and that was the moment for me when I realized this was something I wanted to do.
The following year USD hosted the Ashoka conference, which was a catalyst for everything I did that year. I created a new position in Associated Students, called Director of Changemaker Initiatives, and formed a committee of 10 students who focused on long- and short-term Changemaker initiatives for USD. We worked on the Changemaker Festival and were among the 100 volunteers who worked at the Ashoka conference where we hung Changemaker banners and helped create a shift in the culture.
I’m a business major, but now I can’t really see myself doing an 8-to-5 job. I want to have my own business someday through which I can create social change, give back to the community and be happy.”