I spent 2 years after undergrad working for my family’s agricultural company launching a new product line. I basically worked as a one person startup company establishing the legal entity, the marketing and branding (naming the product, creating the graphic design of the label, etc), and doing sales. I realized that my liberal arts background wasn’t sufficient for the hard skills I needed to be in business beyond my ‘guess and check’ method of trying things to see what worked, and abandoning those that didn’t.
During spring break, I went to Switzerland as part of my International Study Trip class. Our group of 35 started from Zurich, moved on to Basel, crossed the country’s capital city, Bern, and then ended up at the international organizational hub, Geneva.