Published on February 1st, 2017 | by Chris Settineri0
Student Entrepreneurs Making an Impact
Conventional thinking suggests that students wait until they finish school before embarking on any professional career path.
To many, this makes sense. It gives a young person time to think and discern what path they want to take in life. Some students are born with a passion for something that then turns into a business.
For Christopher Calabrese, CEO of The CS Organization and full-time student at Iona University in New Rochelle, this means that he must balance daily life as both a full-time student and full-time business owner.
His passion for real estate started young when his uncle started Calabrese Realty in Brooklyn, NY. His family immigrated from Italy in the 1960’s and they have since built a real estate business, which Chris has planned to take to the next level with the CS organization.
Closer to home, Maegan Carroll, a Lakeland native, started her own design company while she was in college.
She said that while maintaining grades and keeping clients happy was difficult but was doable with the right mindset and good time management.
“You have to focus on the bigger picture,” Carroll said.
She grew her business to serve over 20 clients in the Lakeland area while in school. Scotty Bolinger, a recent grad of FSC, now runs his vehicle wrapping business full time, but started his business as a sophomore.
He said that balance between school and business is important because they both deserve and need a lot of your time.
“It’s very tough. But very rewarding,” Calabrese said.
Ultimately being both a full-time student and full-time business owner is hard, it is very different from working a part time job while being in school, it requires a lot of time and effort but in the end will give you an edge no one else can match.