Campbell Business students’ trip to Boston takes unexpected turn

BOSTON – Campbell Business sent students to Boston for the program’s third trip to the Social Enterprise Conference at the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. This year, what would have been a straightforward trip to the conference took an unexpected turn.

Nine students flew into Boston on Friday in anticipation of the conference starting on Saturday. However, conference organizers informed attendees Friday evening that the conference was cancelled due to the threat of the coronavirus.

Not to be deterred, Campbell faculty quickly organized experiential education opportunities for the students, including touring the oldest university in the country (Harvard), walking the Freedom Trail including Boston’s oldest building (Paul Revere House), visiting the Monet room in the Fine Arts Museum and reading Henry David Thoreau on the banks of Walden Pond. 

“The ability to go to Boston with a group of like-minded entrepreneurial students was so thrilling and exciting.  Although the conference was cancelled, it gave us an opportunity to visit Historic Concord and spend time at Walden Pond,” said Claude Oros, Business Administration major from Youngsville, NC. 

Campbell business faculty member Scott Kelly commented that, “While sitting in a classroom listening to interesting speakers and networking with students from Ivy League schools would have been nice, it turned out that introducing our students to great thinkers such as Thoreau and early patriots such as Paul Revere may have been even more inspiring.”