The Entrepreneurial Experience:
Building dreams and passions into fun and profits
“Never do what your told, do what you’re capable of because that’s extraordinary.”
David Eyman is an individual whose creativity lies in his students. Eyman resides in a small town outside of Dayton, Ohio, called Wyoming. The city is surrounded by the city of Cincinnati, and he lives in the woods where a turkey family lives in his driveway. Eyman is a current professor at Miami University where he enjoys teaching entrepreneurship in the Farmers Business School.
Eyman is all about low stakes learning. He states, “Mistake making is completely normal, and sometimes you have to be okay with that.” Eyman was not expecting to land a career at Miami University, the students brought him to MU. Dr. Jim Freidman emailed Eyman asking, “Do I know you? Should I know you?” From there, emails were sent back and forth by Friedman and Eyman, and Friedman invited him to come to MU to lecture. However, if Eyman took the position, he wanted to adapt his own teaching methods. He wanted to go about creativity his own way. “Certain methods allow students to learn well and I want my students to move from high school mentality,” Eyman stated. He believes that he does his all to be the best for his students, and that is his highlight everyday.
On July 24, Eyman made his students watch a video of an extensive Rube Goldberg invention. Once the video was over, he told the students they had 15 minutes to make a Goldberg invention. Eyman stated, “The purpose of this exercise was not to see what they come up with, but to see how they behave.” He recorded that four students were automatically ready to get up and start working. Eleven students by 1:00 minute after he said go were ready to start working, and three students waited and did not get up eagerly. “If you’ve ever read the Dr. Suess books, there’s a story where the phone just wont turn on. That phone will not turn on until you make it turn on. That’s how entrepreneurship works. You have to put the effort in to make things work, you can’t sit around waiting for it to work.”
Before his teaching career started, Eyman owned a small boutique firm. He found himself reinventing products rather than creating them. He has done executive coaching for entrepreneurship and as been a consultant for many allies. Within his lifetime, this is now Eyman’s eighth career, and he has two more to accomplish before his days come to an end: writing two books and produce a series of 100 paintings or more. Eyman is definitely someone who stays busy, but he stated, “I have to publish my books. There is a statement that need to be made and I have to be the one to tell it.” Eyman believes that thinking differently than others is critical because you put yourself in a unique advantage, and doing the same thing as everyone else is never good.”
Five questions with Tre King
Tre King sat down with Giade Ensley on July 24 for a brief interview about himself.
Question: Tell me about yourself Tre.
Answer: I am from Cincinnati, Ohio, and I currently attend Miami University, where I am studying Media and Culture and Arts Management. I am involved with a few on campus activities, such as being an RA, Summer Scholars Counselor, and a Student
Orientation Undergraduate Leader (SOUL). I enjoy serving others and forming communities. I also find value in giving to others because giving back is important to me.
Q: What are your future plans?
A: I would like to go into broadcasting and screenwriting. Working in the entertainment industry is where I belong. I am passionate about furthering my media skills because media is changing everyday and I want to be well rounded in every aspect.
Q: Tell me about your experience here at Miami University.
A: My experience so far has been wonderful. Before I came to MU, I was in an early semester program for minorities to meet other minorities. When coming into MU, I had a strong foundation and support system. I actually switched my major three times before I was content on what I am majoring in now. Second semester of my freshman year, I had a shift in my character and I had to give myself room to grow. Putting myself out of my comfort zone was definitely something I needed to do. Originally, I did come to MU with a bias mindset because I did not see many colored people, but once I started to stay true to myself, I started to attract the right people.
Q: What are some characteristics that have shaped you into the young man you are today?
A: I surround myself with positivity and I choose the correct attitude for all situations. I bring a very strong mindset to the table, and making a difference on people is something that I am passionate about doing. Also, I am very bold and making decisions that other people may not agree with has been something I’ve come to terms with.
Q: For students who are aspiring to go into media, what advice do you have for them?
A: Explore every opportunity. Boxing yourself in will never be useful because it limits yourself. Don’t be afraid to change and adapt because the world is not going to wait for you to change.
Madison Peebles: Overcoming titles and judgment
An upcoming senior and artist at Shaker Heights High School, Madison Peebles is currently 17 years old with a mind of her own. Peebles resides in Cleveland, Ohio, where she plays bass clarinet and paints landscapes when she has down time. But her heart lies in the medical field where she wants to study psychology.
Peebles was a very smart young lady in the fifth and sixth grades, but racism didn’t let her showcase her talent. Peebles had applied to test into an enrichment language class in the fifth grade. She had been placed into a lower-level program where the majority of minority students were placed. The work was too easy for her and she wanted a challenge. She continuously tested into the more challenging program — three times to be exact — but the administration denied her a spot. “They kept telling me the program was full, that there wasn’t any room left,” Peebles recalled.
With this knowledge, Peebles stopped trying to get into the program — until she learned that other Caucasian students were still getting accepted. So her parents finally went to talk to the principal and he agreed to let her participate. Peebles was ecstatic to begin the challenging work, but the feeling of being unwanted clouded her experience. She also felt behind since her earlier English class had a different curriculum. On her first day, she received negative stares from multiple students. There were only a handful of other African-American students in her class, so she oriented toward hanging out with them. Being in that class didn’t feel right to her, like she was judged when no one knew her. But due to her working exceptionally hard, she toughened up and rose to the top.
Since entering high school, Peebles has been in International Baccalaureate classes and has continued to excel. In the next 10 years, she sees herself finishing medical school for pediatric psychology at Case Western Reserve.
“One thing I value most is time because you can never retrieve it back,” she said. “I want to make a change in the world, in my community.”
Madalyn Isbell: Underneath the surface, behind the skin
“I value working hard for what you receive.”
That’s the philosophy of 17-year-old Madalyn Isbell, an upcoming senior at Anderson High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. A varsity cheerleader at her high school, she possesses a spirit of humility and strength.
Isbell says she has overcome many difficulties in her life. She dislikes when people don’t understand others’ social situations. She believes that not every family has it worked out when it comes to financial and social stability. She wants to accomplish something her mother never got to do: attend college, specifically Miami University. That would make her a first-generation college student in her entire family.
Isbell’s mother is single, raising her family alone with minimum financial help. Since Isbell’s father is absent from her life, her mother’s boyfriend has adopted the fatherly role for Isbell and her sister. While sacrifices are common, the future is promising, according to Isbell.
Within the next 10 years, Isbell sees herself with a bachelor’s degree in marketing or finance, and nearly done with graduate school. She hopes to work on service projects on Wall Street in New York City, but also come back to her hometown, Cincinnati, and give back to her community.
Her goal: “Make your money and don’t rely on anyone.”
Reflections: Journalism inside and outside the classroom
Media Matters: Journalism in action is definitely not a module I will forget. Within these two weeks, journalism has approached me in different perspective. I never knew there were so many different aspects to journalism. Professor Newberry exposed us to journalism inside the classroom, but also journalism outside the classroom. When
getting to experience different journalistic platforms, such as the Cincinnati Magazine, WCPO TV, etc, it has opened my eyes that journalism is a field that is faced past and full of change. I am so appreciative that I had the experience to be apart of this module and expanded my networking capabilities with so many people.
With wanting to go into magazine journalism, I realize that I want to be very well rounded in every aspect of journalism. I want to participate in broadcast journalism because TV is expanding day by day in the 21st century and while writing is what I excel in, it could be great if I had experience in the newsroom as well. Every day in this module was something new and different. We never did the same thing twice, and that’s what I enjoyed most. Professor Newberry had Q&As set up with different journalists over a period of two weeks, and from each one I learned something different. There were journalists who covered different aspects of journalism, from breaking news to crime reporting. By listening to them talk about their daily lives was so interesting and it absolutely made me start reconsidering how I should approach journalism. The students in this module has also been a highlight of the program. They’re all so bright with optimistic futures ahead of them. In only two weeks, I feel as if we became a small family, and the support system has been amazing. With having to publish several articles, we still found a way to laugh at each others silliness, occasionally with Professor Newberry sharing a laugh or two.
I would recommend Media Matters to anyone who seriously wants to consider journalism as a career path. This module is a perfect opportunity to learn behind the scenes of journalism and how journalism is supposed to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.
About the author
Giade Ensley, 17, is more than a person behind a pen. She attends Cleveland Early College High School in Cleveland, Ohio, where she is an upcoming senior and graduate of the class of 2020. Ensley wants to attend North Carolina A&T State University, majoring in Multimedia journalism and minoring in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
While extracurricular activities such as being student council president and leader of the incoming freshman summer residency program occupy most of her time, she also has a life outside of school that includes media. Her passion is her women’s empowerment magazine, “The Queens Lounge.”
Ensley also owns a fashion sunglass company called “Couture Frames” and will soon launch a fashion line called “The Geonni Collection.” While her aspiration is to continue as CEO of all three of her companies, she also enjoys spending time with her family and binge-watching Netflix in her bedroom.