Not your average student club
Justin Simbol, senior finance and economics major, changed course radically just after coming to North Central. With guidance and support, he found his way to friends, travel, a plan for the future, and the means to genuinely change the world.
Enactus sounds like a unique experience, what impact has it made on your time at North Central?
Once I learned more about what coffee means to the communities in the Guatemalan Highlands, I knew I had to get involved. Through Enactus, I’ve traveled to Guatemala twice, Seattle once, and Kansas City a few times. These experiences helped me break out of my shell and gave me the direction needed to start developing my postgraduate plans. I was able to travel there and meet directly with the farmers and learn their stories, and we turned that experience into a coffee company and lab right here on campus. North Central's Coffee Lab is one of a few collegiate facilities of its kind in the United States. I’m able to take what I’m learning in class and apply it not just locally, but globally.
How has Enactus and your time at North Central shaped your future plans?
I plan to pursue my law degree and master of business administration (MBA). North Central has taught me to be flexible and open to new opportunities. Enactus opened my mind to the idea of an MBA by exposing me to a lot of great small business owners. I wanted to fight for the organizations that don’t feel supported or like they have a voice. There's a lot of value in small businesses and I truly believe that that's what our economy runs on.