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Dinner with Executives

One of the advantages of being involved in school clubs are the perks that come with being in the clubs. This week I was able to sit down for dinner with some executives. The Entrepreneurship Club held a “Dinner with Executives” event Wednesday night so that we could learn about how entrepreneurs get started and off the ground with their businesses. One of the interesting ones was a guy that had come up with some new technology for snow sports outerwear. The talks were really interesting. I also met a man that after failing with some companies decided to start a company where he built furniture out of concrete.

In today’s world it’s interesting to see what people are coming up with and this was a great opportunity for me to get a first hand view on what it is that is being designed and is out in the market.  The club also has trips to cities with startup companies so that we can get to meet some of the people that work there.

Last semester I was able to join them in a trip to San Francisco, CA where we visited a few startups and also visited the Yahoo! campus in Silicon Valley. There are a lot of opportunities on campus; it’s just a matter of being able to get involved and putting in the time and effort into doing those things.

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Fatima Ruiz Villatoro

Name: Fatima Ruiz Villatoro

Class: Sophomore

Major: Engineering Management and Spanish


Hometown: Seattle, WA

Activities: OLE, Coffee and Catholicism, Entrepreneurship Club, College Republicans


Favorite Professor: Dr. Male

Favorite Class: EGR 110

Favorite Commons Meal:  Salmon with mashed potatoes and vegetables


Why I Chose UP: The campus was amazing and the community at this school was exactly what I wanted. I liked that my classes would be very small and I would be getting the right academic attention. I believe strongly in the mission of the school and I felt at home when I made my decision.

Favorite Thing About UP:  Close enough to home that I can go for a weekend, come back and not be totally exhausted. There are so many things to do in Portland and I like that we have a lot of studies abroad opportunities.


Advice for Prospective Students: Visit the school; you don't know what you're getting yourself into until you truly experience it.

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