Benjamin Morneault ’19, Management
Benjamin Morneault ’19
Major: Management with an Entrepreneurship Concentration, with a minor in Analytics
School of Business
Extracurriculars: Business Management Society, president; Werth Institute, campus ambassador; Innovation Quest, campus ambassador; Management Department, campus ambassador; Roast Me, co-founder; Creating Economic Opportunity, member; Undergraduate Business School Leadership Conference, delegate
Scholarships: University of Connecticut Presidential Scholarship; Mark E. Freitas Scholarship; Michael L. Daversa Entrepreneurial Award; Daversa Senior Entrepreneurship Award
Hometown: Windsor, Connecticut
Why did you choose your area of study?
Growing up, I wanted to be the GM of the Los Angeles Lakers. I intended to major in sports management, but after speaking with mentors, realized I would have more flexibility and experience with a background in business. I chose management because I wanted to understand how to run a business and lead others, instead of specializing in a particular area of business. Then I found my passion for entrepreneurship and declared my concentration. As for my minor, I realized that big data was the future, and I wanted to have an understanding of data analytics before I entered the workforce full-time.
What did you accomplish during your college experience that you’re most proud of?
I was recently inducted into the School of Business Student Hall of Fame. This is my proudest accomplishment, because it recognizes my entire body of work at UConn, from academics to extracurricular activities. My hard work has paid off, and I am excited to use this honor as a stepping stone in building connections with Fortune 500 executives and seasoned entrepreneurs, and as a platform to give back to the UConn community.
What do you plan to do after you graduate?
I will be working full-time as a business analyst for Loeb Enterprises, an early-stage venture lab in New York City. I am also working with two other UConn students to commercialize “Roast Me,” a social card game that lets you burn your friends. We plan to go to market and grow the business after we graduate.
How has UConn shaped you as a person?
UConn has pushed me outside of my comfort zone. When I started my freshman year, I had a shy personality and was hesitant to try new things or go out of my comfort zone. Through my time at UConn, I’ve been able to work on those aspects of myself – now I challenge myself to initiate conversations, try new things, and treat opportunities to go out of my comfort zone as opportunities to grow as an individual.
If you could summarize your experience at UConn in three words, what would they be?
Seize the opportunities.
What did receiving a scholarship mean to you?
I would not be where I am today without the generous scholarships I received from UConn donors. Easing my financial burden allowed me to focus on my education and extracurricular activities, such as helping start-up a cancer diagnostics company, instead of stressing about how to pay my college expenses. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity!
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