Today is a special #TEAMmembermonday! This week features Capitol Post Team Member, Ethan Royce. Ethan has been volunteering at Capitol Post since August; helping us get ready for Startup Standup! Read more about his journey below.
College: American University
Major: Economics (BS) and International Studies (BA)
Class Of: 2021
Clubs/Sports: American University Honors Program, American University Running Club, Sigma Chi Fraternity
So, what is your role at Capitol Post?
I am an office intern at Capitol Post, and I am responsible for formulating press releases, designing graphics for the upcoming pitch competition, Startup Standup, and assisting in general day-to-day office tasks.
What has been the most challenging part about transitioning from high school to college?
The most challenging part about transitioning from high school to college has been managing all the unstructured time I’m given. Initially, I didn’t have a lot of discipline, and wasn’t particularly involved on campus, but since then I have been able to use my time more wisely by going to professor’s office hours, doing homework between classes, and taking advantage of the many academic resources that American University has to offer, as well as attending the wide array of events held on campus.
Tell us how you ended up at Capitol Post.
I first became interested in Capitol Post when my Introduction to Business professor, Professor Goff, would discuss the various exciting things that were taking place here. I eventually reached out to her because I wanted to get involved, and the rest is history.
In the last 5 years, what is the greatest change you have made in your life that has made you a better person?
In the past 5 years, I have begun meditating and engaging in mindful behavior which was initially inspired by a mindfulness retreat that I attended during the summer of 2016. Since then, I have continued going on retreats and practicing meditation, which has made me a happier and better person.
What is the book you’ve given most as a gift? Or, what are the one or two books that have greatly influenced your life?
I’ve given the book Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics by Richard Thaler most as a gift because I believe it offers a palatable look into the amazingly irrational economic decisions that people (including myself) make on an everyday basis. These sorts of trends deserve more attention and are ignored in traditional, neoclassical economics.
Honestly, why did you join the Capitol Post family? And what has been the biggest impact so far?
I joined the Capitol Post family because I am interested in entrepreneurship and business. The biggest impact so far has been the many opportunities I’ve had to sit in on meetings and see the incredibly exciting and innovative business ideas coming from local, veteran entrepreneurs.
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