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Certificate Recipients

Summer Delaney Journalism

What sparked your interest in entrepreneurship?

As a journalism student, I often found that the "traditional" way consumers digested news was outdated. My time at Medill allowed me to explore what innovation is currently happening in the media industry and what developments could still be made to appeal to a millennial audience. I knew I wanted to be a part of what digital revolution occurring, and decided the best way to make an impact would be to gain skills that could be used both at a start-up level or within a larger corporation.

What was your favorite entrepreneurship course?

My favorite entrepreneurship course was Principles of Entrepreneurship. Prof. Syal changed the way I not only viewed innovation, but everything from how to create a viable business plan to how to become a great leader.

What has been your greatest takeaway or lesson-learned from an entrepreneurship course?

The greatest takeaway I've learned from an entrepreneurship course is that in order to be successful in any endeavor, you need to be able to inspire the people around you. Regardless of how amazing your idea is, if you do not have support your product or company will not be a success. Get the right people on your bus to be your champions.

What advice do you have for future certificate pursuers?

Take every class you can with Prof. Syal! Also, take classes that are completely unrelated with your interests and areas of expertise. You may be surprised to see what you learn.

What are your next steps after graduation or what are you currently doing now? 

Next year I will be working as an Associate Producer for Katie Couric at Yahoo News. I will be working every day to tell multimedia stories in new ways as Yahoo continues to be a pioneer in the digital space.

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