Cole West, BSBA 2018

Cole West

BSBA, 2018
"​Whatever you’re interested in, everyone at Olin wants you to succeed."
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​​“Whatever you’re interested in, everyone at Olin wants you to succeed.”​

I’ve always had an interest in entrepreneurship, ever since I was in fifth grade and started my first business. I’ve always dreamed of being an entrepreneur and in part came to WashU because they had resources for my interests in that particular field. WashU has a wide variety of entrepreneurship resources available. Whatever you’re interested in, everyone at Olin wants you to succeed.

What kinds of entrepreneurship classes have you taken?

I’ve taken Intro to Entrepreneurship, I’m taking the Hatchery, which is a class where you develop a business idea and develop a business plan. I’ve also gotten involved through case competitions in the business school. I’ve tried to take part in as many of them as possible because they are just great opportunities to get consulting experience and apply what I’ve learned in class.

How would you describe Olin’s faculty?

The faculty is amazing. I can’t talk enough about how great my professors have been in terms of helping me along my way of figuring out my path. I just love that Olin and Washington University have been supportive of all of my goals. The faculty has been really helpful with my entrepreneurial interests. I go to my accounting professors for accounting help. I go to my entrepreneurship professors, whose doors are always open. I’ve emailed professors whose classes I’ve never taken, but I know they specialize in a certain area, and they’re always happy to talk to me, to schedule time even the next day.

What do you like best about Olin?

The biggest asset for me in building the skills I need in the workplace is the collaboration we get here at Olin. Pretty much all of my classes have some sort of team project or team aspect. It has really been helpful in navigating different personalities. It can be a challenge, but from that challenge you learn a lot.

Cole West


Farmington Hills, Michigan


Marketing, Entrepreneurship


The Shopping Stop (student business owner), VP of operations for the Student Entrepreneurship Program (StEP) executive board, Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, Each One Teach One tutor