Topic: Finished Product & Degree (Part 2)
It was my last month of being in school plus it was my birth month. Obviously, I had a lot going on to deal with; my goal was to finish school, building my product, find a job and wrap up my school connections within this month.
“College entrepreneurs need to learn to have the best balance between school, social life, and their business”
As I mentioned in my previous article graduating with a high GPA was at the top of my priority list. Finishing strong with these last finals was even more important than the rest of the term assignments due the percentage ratio of grade allocation. Studying for each exam triumphed everything else. Along with exams were group project presentations that I used to strengthen my pitching skills. Most tasks in school really do prepare you for the real world, even if you can’t immediately see them. I would do whatever it takes to build my business sense, allowing me to take projects to another level of focus. Practice in starting a business could come in many forms and delivering simulated company presentations was excellent practice for business pitching. I even had to a do a final on my birthday; nonetheless, it was no excuse not to do my best. I just celebrated later that week. After my finals were finally done, I was pleased to have my masters degree completed with a 3.5 GPA, my bar was set then matched.
“At times it is good to relate everything to the premise of a business to achieve success”
In regards to my social life, I made a special effort to attend as many networking events throughout my years at college. I participated in competitions, events, parties, and volunteering. It was a hassle, but with all the business cards that I amassed, I stayed in touch with the people that I really connected with on a personal level. Even for the students, I met many other students that were dominant in the entrepreneurial community and had them on social networks as well. As time grows, the contacts you make, grow and diminish. All the friends that were still in my life, then started to slightly diminish. Considering that people grow apart and also their careers take them to different places. On the bright side, I was meeting charismatic and bright people every day in classes and events. To conclude my experience, I was comfortable with the resources provided by my college.
Fine-tuning my product was the biggest challenge that I had to endure within that last month. Not only was finding the time a challenge, but it seemed that more and more last minute issues kept arriving. Basically, it came down to testing the social network functions and implementing the revenue models in the website. One of the biggest challenges that I faced was the decision to install a pay to upgrade feature using PayPal or keep everything free to entice users with the product’s initial launch.
“Most users will be hesitant to pay for a new app or website”
After trial and error in testing the website, I finally worked through the bugs with the website, for now… It was a triumphant moment, despite all the compromises and drawbacks I was glad to be done with the development stage. My product, unfortunately was not the way that I originally envisioned it, but since I built it, I couldn’t help but swell up with pride. At this point, a new chapter was about to begin, my prototype website was complete and I officially finished school. It was a good summer to conclude everything, all that was left was to start endorsing my product. Coincidentally, I lined up a job as well, everything seemed to be completely working out. Little did I know that my victory now was only the beginning of the startup hustle.
Check out our first webpage screenshot on this article’s featured image.
“Building your idea is only half the struggle, selling it is the real challenge”
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