It was 2017 when I first heard that a business incubator program was starting at my high school, Vista Ridge High School in Cedar Park, TX. I was curious as to what this class could offer me. I decided I would give it a try. Little did I know, I was about to embark on a journey that would forever change me and the way I see my future unfolding.

Grades aren’t everything, they said

Every high school student knows that to be considered for admission into a good college, you must balance not only a full course load, but extracurriculars and community service as well.

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Student voice: My journey as a high school entrepreneur

I was already heavily involved in the robotics team, taking multiple Advanced Placement courses, and working part-time. I thought INCubatoredu would be interesting, but my real motivation was to use the course as one more addition to my college admissions portfolio.

Not your everyday high school classroom

The shift in mindset started the minute I entered the classroom. The physical layout and working environment were unlike any I’d ever experienced. We were told the classroom was designed to model the real working world. Instead of desks, there were tables for us to collaborate and individual working spaces very similar to an office with cubicles and larger conference rooms.

About the Author:

Daniel Gomez is a graduate of Vista Ridge High School in Cedar Park, TX, and a first-year student at UT Dallas. He created his business, Crush-It, in the business incubator course, INCubatoredu by Uncharted Learning.


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