Inspiring mentors and newfound confidence help students realize their business dreams
Taking on the role and responsibilities of an entrepreneur is not an easy job. Forging relationships with North Central mentors and finding newfound confidence inside and outside of the classroom helped Ospina realize her dream. "North Central prepared me in ways I did not expect," Ospina expressed. "As a theatre and global studies major, the last thing that I expected was to be a business owner after my four years in college. But that's the magic that happens at North Central. I learned I was capable of following whichever dream I wanted to."
North Central also played a valuable role in preparing Dávila to be the entrepreneur he is today. "As an international student-athlete with a small business management and entrepreneurship major and studio art minor, North Central has provided me with support, constant learning experiences, and great networking opportunities," he said. "I truly appreciate all my classes and all that my professors have taught me."
What's next for Kawami Jewelry? With their senior year at North Central approaching, they will continue to cherish their time in Naperville while taking on new projects to grow Kawami. The two created "Stories Worth Sharing," a blog on their website that shares stories from Kawami's community. With this project, they hope to spark inspiring conversations and form even more lasting relationships. Setting their sights on success, they hope to take Kawami to new heights.
"After graduation, our goals are to expand our market to Chicago and other cities, and of course, change the world! Growing allows us to create a bigger impact on the lives of our team," said Ospina.
When asked what advice they would give to future Cardinal entrepreneurs, they stated, "Take advantage of your opportunities! There are always people willing to help, and there is always a way of making things happen. Seek people with different interests in different professional fields, share your story, and surround yourself with what you truly want."