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Entrepreneurship through my Eyes (4)

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Entrepreneurship through my Eyes (4)

  1. 1. E N T R E P R E N E U R S H I P T H R O U G H M Y E Y E S What is an entrepreneur? One might think of super tech geniuses like Elon Musk, Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg. At my school, Babson College, the idea of entrepreneurship has many definitions but the overarching thought is creating social and economic value through the optimal blend of the correct leadership and resources. And most of all- failing. Trying an idea, failing, and moving forward. If one looks at the pathways of most successful entrepreneurs, they would see many failed business ideas before the right opportunity materialized in front of them. My name is Krystal Leonardo von Seyfried and this is my (incomplete) entrepreneurship story. First, a little bit about me. I am a half Filipina, half German American from the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. Like most Filipino-Americans, I've gone to private Catholic schools my whole life. Photography by Hydee Abrahan of studio1003 Manila Up! | 8 BY KRYSTAL VON SEYFRIED
  2. 2. Let's go back half a decade to 2011. I was a sophomore in high school attending Immaculate Heart High School, one of the most prestigious all girls schools in the Los Angeles area. Pretty good, right? On the surface yes, but crack a little bit underneath and it wasn't so pretty. After getting expelled I was a mess. It took a lot to get out of the mess, and a change of pace definitely helped. I went on to attend Pilgrim School, a co-educational high school with an attached middle and elementary school. The start was rocky, but the right mix of helpful students and great teachers got me slowly back on my feet. By the end of my first year there, I had won the election for Associated Student Body president as a new student. I was also crowned homecoming queen and got onto the headmaster's list, but the real crowning achievement of my time at that school was getting admitted to Babson College. After all this, my expulsion actually worked out in my favor. I knew that it would be extremely hard to get anywhere decent in terms of college. My GPA at Pilgrim was sky high but my GPA from Immaculate Heart made my cumulative drop like a stone. Not to mention getting expelled from high school. It was a long shot and I was told by many to not even try at my dream school, but I went for it. I didn't know this at the time, but entrepreneurs are known to attempt projects even if there is a huge risk of failure. Many of my peers drop out of school halfway through to pursue their entrepreneurial goals. I guess Babson noticed this in me because it paid off, and obviously I got in. I knew that it would be extremely hard to get anywhere decent in terms of college. My GPA at Pilgrim was sky high but my GPA from Immaculate Heart made my cumulative drop like a stone. Not to mention getting expelled from high school. It was a long shot and I was told by many to not even try at my dream school, but I went for it. I didn't know this at the time, but entrepreneurs are known to attempt projects even if there is a huge risk of failure. Many of my peers drop out of school halfway through to pursue their entrepreneurial goals. I guess Babson noticed this in me because it paid off, and obviously I got in. Babson was grueling. I wasn't ready. For the first time in my life, I got a D. When I had my first summer to go back home to LA, I took it with open arms. I was so burned out from taking summer classes one year and essentially not having a summer between freshman and sophomore year. I wanted to do something that didn't involve income statements or Microsoft Excel. So while my peers were working their dream internships on Wall Street, I decided to join a pageant. Going to a business school, it is a pretty strange choice to spend my summer entering junior year joining a pageant rather than taking a huge internship. But I didn't care about what my peers were saying and just followed my heart. I didn't win. I wasn't expecting to win, because I was officially barred me from placing into the top ten as well as Best in Evening Gown and Swimsuit. But I didn't care. I took the opportunity to get healthy and build on myself. And I did. The pageant was tough and grueling but thanks to my personal trainer, mentor and family, I was stronger than I ever was, ready to tackle the next phase of my life. I came out of the pageant a loser in the eyes of most but to me, I won everything I needed and more. Here I am now. I was named one of the top ten most beautiful Filipinas of 2015 and I've finished my first semester back at Babson stronger than ever. I've started sending autographs out to fans, and I have several modeling jobs under my belt, not including my upcoming job with Flaunt Magazine and this cover story. What's next for me? More winning, but definitely more losses. More expulsions, more disparaging comments, and more controversy. But also more big photoshoots, more self improvement and more opportunities. This is the heart of the entrepreneurial experience and I'm glad that I got a taste of it through my life already. Hopefully, I'll be prepared when I'm ready to launch the project I've been brainstorming for the past month. But even if not, I'll take a failure with open arms, knowing something even brighter is coming in my future. Manila Up! | 9

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