Though I’ve been managing my company for five years, I only became co-owner last summer. It blindsided me and suddenly I was headed into my Junior year at the University of Mary Washington with a huge responsibility lying ahead of me. As it turns out, there’s no “How to be a student and business owner for dummies,” so I was left to figure it out on my own. This past year has been a roller coaster. I’ve struggled with time management, managing employees who are my own age, and having people who interact with my company not taking me seriously among other things. I’ve been in the newspaper and on UMW’s webpage, spoken to multiple entrepreneurship groups, and ran around like a chicken with my head cut off managing a company that has grown exponentially in the last year. That being said I have grown so much this past year, not only as a business owner but as a woman. For all the hardships I’ve endured, I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world.