Laura Per-Lee grew up in a family of strong businesswomen.
During her freshman year at Furman, she began to see herself as a woman who
also could fit into the business world.
She decided to pursue a summer business program, she says,
“to learn more about specific career opportunities, to develop my professional
skills (resumé writing, LinkedIn, interviewing, presenting and networking) and
to learn about what getting an MBA would be like. I wanted to walk into my
junior year of college prepared and with a sense of direction.”
Coming into Accelerator, however, Laura had concerns. “I did
not think I was prepared enough or knowledgeable enough in business to
participate in this program,” she says. The experience changed her thinking.
“No matter where you are in your education, there is no
better way to learn than just jumping in,” she says. “There were days I was so
lost in how to solve problems and approach a situation. I failed many times,
but the coaches, mentors and my classmates encouraged me to keep trying and
improving. I learned that you don’t have to be the smartest person to succeed
and to make a difference in the world.
“Accelerator was the most beneficial experience I have had
in learning about myself and preparing for my future. I learned I am capable to
achieve so much more than I ever thought. I learned new ways to think,
problem-solve, and collaborate with others. Learning these things about myself
has given me the confidence to expand my horizons when I dream."
Fun Fact: At the end of her freshman year, Laura studied
abroad in Israel and Jordan.
“I did not think I was
prepared enough or knowledgeable enough in business to participate in this