Do you often feel overwhelmed by choosing a college or even a path of study? Much of what you do in high school will shape your career interests and help you determine your major. Too many students will discover too late, however, that their chosen college major may not be for them. High school is the perfect opportunity to experiment with many different skills and find which ones invigorate or drain you. While some high school clubs might give you this chance, none of them can compare to launching a startup. Here are 10 reasons why every high schooler should launch a startup.
1. Entrepreneurship teaches a new way of thinking
Trying to find a real problem for a real customer requires empathy, a great skill to have in many aspects of your life. A startup is a perfect way to hone this skill.
2. Launching a business means being creative
Entrepreneurship will give you the opportunity to become more creative and build this strength!
3. Know how to problem solve
Entrepreneurship will provide you with the tools to problem solve no matter what problem you find yourself facing.
4. Invest in yourself
No matter what the outcome of your startup, you will notice the impact you’ve made on yourself simply by going through the entrepreneurial process.
5. Flexible hours during a busy high school schedule
Regardless of how busy you may already be because of classes and extracurriculars, you can almost always find time to pursue a startup if you are willing to hustle and make it happen.
6. Overcome failure with ease
When you inevitably encounter failure in a college or professional setting, if you can quickly learn from that failure and get back up on your feet, you will stand out among your peers.
7. Gain life advice from a mentor
While mentors are vital to the growth of your startup, they can also give you excellent insights into yourself.
8. Build a personal brand
Starting a business will give you a level of credibility that is unmatched by almost any other high school experience.
9. Have a great story to tell
Regardless of if your startup fails or succeeds, you will have an amazing story to tell during future interviews.
10. Change the world
If you want to make a meaningful, sustainable, and scalable impact on a social cause or issue you care about entrepreneurship may be perfect for you.
Life Changing School is a virtual high school program founded and run by Cornell University members and entrepreneurs. In LCS you will learn everything you need to know to build a sustainable startup focused on social impact. You could even begin making money by the end of the program! You will gain skills such as design thinking, creativity, adaptability, communication, leadership, and so much more. You will go through the customer discovery process and the Build Measure Learn feedback loop. You’ll receive world-class mentorship and get access to Q&A with some of the industry’s leading minds. At the end of six weeks, you will pitch your final product to a panel of expert judges. Building a startup provides you with the most powerful experience you can speak to for college applications or future interviews. You will overcome challenges and create something of value. LCS provides a rigorous entrepreneurship curriculum and startup incubator to high school students from anywhere in the world with no prior experience required. Register today using code: LCSOCT4 to receive $100 off of the program!