DECA Member Discovers His Path at Northwood University

In global entrepreneur John Maxwell’s book, “Failing Forward,” he reminds us that a, “leader must know the way, show the way and go the way.”

Oscarlos Borjas, a 2014 high school graduate from Naples, Fla., knew that his road to success would be a worthwhile, yet challenging, one. Being raised by a single dad, Oscarlos learned the value of hard work and dedication. From a young age he developed an appreciation for the field of finance. His entrepreneurial spirit inspired his first car wash business. He used communication, marketing and accounting skills developed in DECA to successfully manage the business.

In the spring of 2014, Oscarlos finally discovered the university that would meet his needs. As an admissions representative from Northwood University, I visited Oscarlos’ economics classroom and shared with them Northwood University’s mission of developing the future leaders of a global, free enterprise society.

Using Launching a New Business, a new, hands-on, real-world simulation sponsored by Northwood University, Oscarlos, along with students in his class, developed a section of a new business plan. The program, which includes a student manual, was designed to be a supplemental learning unit for entrepreneurial-focused DECA students and teaches students how businesses are formed, operated and work together with various department to be successful.

Launching a New Business was designed so that students can actively be involved in the learning process. This resulted in greater student interest and motivation. Students also developed valuable skills such as creative and critical thinking, and polished their written and oral communications.

Oscarlos applied to Northwood University and was awarded the Presidential Scholarship Award based on his 4.5 GPA and above average ACT scores. He’ll begin his BBA/MBA program with a focus in finance in the spring of 2015. Oscarlos also plans on take a few of courses in NU’s Maritime Business Management program, because of his love for fishing. He plans on joining the NU Collegiate DECA chapter and making a global entrepreneurial impact.

Check out Oscarlos’ YouTube video, “My Northwood Decision,” below, where he further demonstrates his leadership.

Want to be as successful as Oscarlos? Here are my five tips for the DECA Class of 2015:

  1. Use high school and Collegiate DECA as a way to grow your entrepreneurial spirit.
  2. Apply to five or more schools and choose the one that has a field of study you are passionate about, professors that can serve as mentors and merit scholarships to reward you for academic excellence.
  3. Remember the benefits of risk versus rewards. George B. Shaw wisely reminds us that, “a life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
  4. Surround yourself with positive entrepreneurs that set and reach their goals.
  5. Use your success to give back to your community and inspire others.

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