The soft hum of the airplane’s engine shook my seat, suppressing the fluttering butterflies in my stomach. Everywhere I looked, men and women sat in sleek, sophisticated business suits, typing away their last emails and business reports before the flight attendants announced that all electronics were to be put away.
I should have been nervous. After all, I was on a plane at five in the morning by myself, being flown all the way to a city I had never been to before. Chicago, Illinois: the far away land where I had impulsively signed up for a Business and Entrepreneurship Program through the National Student Leadership Conference. I should have been scared, being all by myself on this new adventure. But instead, I was overcome with a sense of relaxation, like I was headed in the right direction. It was almost as if I was meant to be doing this: traveling for business, being surrounded by men and women in sleek black suits.
I have always been good at numbers and interested in the way that businesses work. My father started his own practice sixteen years ago, and I have grown up watching him run it. I have watched him manage, crunch numbers, and maintain a thriving corporation. My plan for a career in business feels completely natural to me, and attending the National Student Leadership Conference was confirmation that I am headed on the right path.
Now, as an economics major, I plan to widen my business goals by studying world economies and hopefully contribute in some positive way toward solving the economic struggles that our country faces today.