The other day I was approached by a good friend and asked to be interviewed as an entrepreneur for his class assignment. At first I was taken a back and said “Wait I thought it had to be an actual entrepreneur.” But I wasn’t thinking about the accomplishments I've made. I’m a legitimate DJ and have been able to market myself as such and developed a reputation for myself around this campus.
Being at Tufts, I constantly find myself forgetting myself. Between classes, jobs, clubs, and hobbies, my day-to-day has become a blur. Time and time again I find myself juggling racing to class, going to work, and then executing a planned-for event in the span of a day. It’s kinda crazy that this is not atypical here. I believe that Tufts students are go getters and in parallel, overachievers. We tend to strive for more than what to most people is feasible, and tend to accomplish more than what our minds are currently processing. Because of the so-called “Tufts Mentality”, I tend to forget to take breaks and breathers to appreciate my accomplishments. So yeah I am an entrepreneur, not in the conventional sense, but in the sense that I have been chasing my visions through my jobs, clubs, and DJing.
I’ve been able to explore my talents through Tufts. In collaboration with the Group of Six, student groups on campus, and some Tufts departments, I’ve been hitting the 1s and 2s relentlessly working to get my name out there and polishing my craft. What was once just a leap of faith, grew into a way that I could use my talents for the communities that I am a part of. My Sophomore year I was able to DJ at SpringFling, Junior year I co-headlined the after party for the Africana Center’s 50th Anniversary. In the moment, these were just events where I just had to do my thing, reflecting on them now I see my first-year self. I see the kid that wanted to change tufts party culture, add a little Sazón to the mix, and blend it with a spoonful of The Bronx. That person never disappeared, I just got lost in the tunnel vision of living day to day. Through my connections and experiences I’ve converted DJing from a musical hobby, to an actual “product” that I am producing.