We’re just a few weeks away from the start of our Fall 2014 class and we still have a few participants to introduce! This week, meet Lydia Matson, an ambitious young woman who has taken a year off from school in order to participate in Praxis!
Growing up, I was taught that while school is important, a person’s self-worth cannot be determined solely by a letter or a grade on a piece of paper. My gift happens to be people skills—I’m very socially oriented. Through my years of schooling, I found the activities that I did outside of the classroom (e.g., part-time jobs, competitive swimming, marketing and business clubs) all helped build meaning to the education I was getting inside the classroom.
My junior year of high school, I realized that I wanted to have a career in business after I took a marketing class and competed in business competitions. I discovered business is the perfect way for someone like me to help the world. I have the social skills, I have the motivations, I have a natural gravitation to leadership and I am always striving to look at the bigger picture. I love the thought of bringing ideas to life, making words into actions, building something, and creating an environment where people with all different talents have a place to shine.
I went away to college with a hunger to learn more about what “Business” and “Marketing” were—what do they entail? What do employers actually want? How do I create value? I found myself learning more about business though the clubs and my business fraternity, Pi Sigma Epsilon. Getting a chance to lead and brainstorm ideas for a fraternity fundraiser I learned more about business than I did an entire semester of classes. After a year, I evaluated my education strictly on the classes I was taking. I had invested too much time, focus and money on a bunch of classes that weren’t bringing me any closer to my goal of understanding business.
I decided to take a year off and realized that Praxis would be the prefect program to learn what business really is and to learn it firsthand. I hope by the time I finish my ten months with Praxis that I’ll not only have a better practical idea of what area of business I would like to pursue for a career, but also a better overall knowledge of how a workplace is run.
While the application period for the Fall class is closed, you can join other young people like Lydia by applying to the Winter or Fall 2015 classes!