Hey Mom and Dad! 

Can you believe my time in Washington D.C. at The Summer Business Institute is almost over!? It has been such a great week, but I think my today was my favorite. We applied all that we learned throughout the week and created a new and innovative product. Then, we stood in front of the “CUA Shark Tank Investors” to present our products. We were all pretty nervous at first, but confident that our product would impress the audience and of course, the “CUA Shark Tank Investors!”

Before we headed over to Maloney Hall, we woke up and dressed up in our business professional attire for our presentations. It was kind of funny seeing all of my new friends looking so professional, but dressing up gave us an extra boost of confidence that we needed to present. We then headed over to the Pryz for our last breakfast at SBI. I missed your home cooking this week, but this “all you can eat” thing is really cool. I ate breakfast quickly so that I could meet with my group one more time before we stepped into the Shark Tank.

At 9:30 AM, the competition started. All the groups presented their ideas to three “CUA Shark Tank Investors”: Daniel Tisone, Professor Peter Pin, and Thaddeaus Green. It was pretty intimidating presenting in front of so many people, but I didn’t let my nerves get the best of me. I delivered a solid pitch and I am very proud of the work my group and I put into our project.

I was very impressed with all of the work that my new friends did in their groups. I would even purchase some of the products that they created. I am going to miss everyone that I met this week, but I am confident that we will remain friends because of the great memories we made together at SBI!

When our presentations were over, we all took a seat and awaited the results! After consulting with the judges, Tayler and Bill announced the winners of Shark Tank. 

1st Place- Fire Guard
2nd Place- Dry Ledge
3rd Place- Kulinary Kit 
Busch School “Force for Good” Award- Quick ID

Even though not everyone won, I believe that we all truly had a great time and we were happy for all of the teams!

Now onto the saddest part of the week... I had to turn in my keys to Opus Hall and say goodbye to my friends and The Catholic University of America campus. It was hard to say goodbye, but maybe one day, I will be a Cardinal once again. Who knows? Anything can happen!

Thank you, Mom and Dad, for allowing me to come to the Summer Business Institute. I learned so many valuable things about business and Washington D.C. that I know I will never forget! This was truly an amazing opportunity that inspired me to be creative, have confidence in myself, and just go for it- whatever “it” may be! “Business is a noble vocation,” and we must remember to be a “force for good” in the world.

Love,

Your Cardinal