This past weekend, I finished up my last day of The Fullbridge program that came to my college. Fullbridge is a week-long business program that lasts from 8:00am to 5:00pm every day. The program travels to different colleges and it instructs students on the world of business. I’m going to be honest; I was a little hesitant to do this program at first because I am not sure if I want to pursue a career in business. As an English major, there are so many options of what I can do after college, so I figured that I should explore every possible option.
Before this program, when I thought of the word “business,” what came to mind was an office filled with a lot of boring people that sit in cubicles on their computers and do stuff with numbers. I hate numbers and I was horrible at math, so I always figured that going into “business” wasn’t for me. After this program, I realized that “business” is such a vague term. I didn’t realize that going into business meant so many different things. To my surprise, most of the program barely consisted of numbers. We started by taking personality tests that would help us figure out what our strengths and weaknesses are. This was really interesting because I thought that everyone had to behave the same way in a business setting, and I didn’t realize that there could be a variety of personalities in the business world.
Everyone participating in the program was broken up into teams of 5 people. Each day there would be two lessons that you and your team would have to get through. Each lesson consisted of different checkpoints, quizzes, and team exercises. A lot of the work was done individually, but you were always surrounded by your other team members who would be able to lend you a helping hand if you got a little lost. The lessons consisted of everything from basic office behavior skills to learning how to use excel to learning how to analyze a company’s business model. Anyone who is considering the field of business, or already knows that they want to go into business, would definitely benefit from every lesson that was taught.
At the end of the program, everything we had learned over the past week was put to the test. Your team had to pick a company, analyze its business model, business strategy, and how they were doing in their particular industry. Your team then had to come up with an innovation that would be able to improve and expand the company further. You had to make a presentation that lasted up to about twenty minutes and present it to your fellow peers and parents. The entire week had prepared us for this presentation. There had been lessons on creating a PowerPoint, using excel, and proper ways of presenting, as well as how to analyze a business. This was the final test.
I was extremely nervous for this presentation because it was my first presentation that actually mattered to me. This presentation was setting the bar for future presentations that I may potentially give in the workplace, and I wanted to do really well. My teammates and I worked really hard, and in the end, I think we all did an amazing job. Overall, this program changed my perspective of business in general and it taught me a lot of valuable skills that will prove to be beneficial to me in the long run.
My name is Emma Berry, I'm 20 years old and I am a junior at the College of the Holy Cross. I'm an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing. I also joined the Pre-Business program, as I hope to get a job in the publishing field after I graduate. I basically run on iced coffee and when I have free time I love to just read or watch Netflix (and Game of Thrones).