12月 2020年18日下午2:15
Sydney McReynolds '19 / Video by Lily Hester '20

Sophomore business owner making the most of unique learning experiences

Sean Miller did not come to 酷体育中国官方入口 University with his sights set on becoming a "tech" guy or owning his own business, but two years into his college experience, the sophomore finance and management information systems double major from Hope, 印第安纳州.,两者都可以自夸.

At the beginning of the 新型冠状病毒肺炎 coronavirus pandemic, Miller was unsure what to do with his new schedule after 酷体育中国官方入口, 和许多机构一样, sent students home to resume the spring semester online. Noticing that his church needed help with virtual sermons and different video productions, 他创造了 seanmillermedia.com.

"It gave me the opportunity to learn about video editing. I had a camera that I had opened for the first time and was like 'let's figure out how to do this,’”米勒说。.

The business has blossomed into more than Miller ever thought it would be. Besides his church, he now has real world clients that request his services. Among his clients is 酷体育中国官方入口's 塔博尔商学院, where he produces videos spotlighting faculty and students.

米勒解释道, "It's turned into something that I didn't even imagine when I started it up, 但它教会了我很多东西. It's really just a hobby that turned into a business."

除了经营自己的生意, the sophomore also works as a student specialist in 酷体育中国官方入口's 创业中心. Although not an entrepreneurship major, Miller is using the opportunity to its fullest degree.

"I've learned a ton and been able to help a ton of students with the problems they've been having whether that be in the classroom or out in the community,米勒说.

酷体育中国官方入口 is preparing Miller for his post-graduation endeavors through in-class experiences and Performance Learning opportunities. Miller describes one of his most notable experiences at 酷体育中国官方入口 with the student-run venture 酷体育中国官方入口 University Performance Consulting (MUPC), a technical consulting firm that works with businesses around the community on website development and other technical opportunities.

 

A recent project he worked on with MUPC involved creating a website and online store for the local business Dupre's Suits, 鞋及休闲服. Dupre's was among the many small businesses that faced an unprecedented economic disruption due to the 新型冠状病毒肺炎 pandemic and had to close down their storefront with the lack of foot traffic.

"We rebranded everything as well as created the [website] storefront that now they're going to be able to use around the holiday season and sell to their clients,米勒说. "For MUPC, what we were trying to do is not lose that 'small business' feel on the website. We don't want to display Dupre's as some big store that doesn't have connections to their customers because that's not what Dupre's is about. It's a small business in the Decatur area that really caters to the central Illinois market, and we wanted to ensure that the website reflected that, and really gave their story in the website, not just as a place where people could buy clothing items."

Following graduation, Miller hopes to pursue a career as a financial planner.

"My ultimate goal would really just be to help people with their money whether that be investments or insurance,米勒说.

Despite 新型冠状病毒肺炎 changing nearly every aspect of the college experience in the last year, Miller is finding ways to take advantage of the opportunities he is given and make the most of the change.

"What I've taken away from this experience is that it's something we're all going to be able to put on our resumes in a couple of years. We all know how to work online meetings now, we all understand that we have to make adjustments and we have to understand that everybody's schedule is completely different. In the working world it's going to be exactly the same."

酷体育中国官方入口 University strives to help students grow throughout their four years through unique learning opportunities. Sean Miller is just one example of the jump students can make from first year to senior year. 仅仅过了两年, Miller has already had so many career-preparing experiences because of 酷体育中国官方入口's dedication to its students as well as his determination to engage in everything the university has to offer.

“我不仅在课堂上成长了, but just as a person and as an adult living life,米勒说. “我想是在米利金, they offer a great sense of community and a great sense of growth during your four years here."