• Rebecca Wiggins

ENT 600-50 Peer INTERVIEWS

Interviewee: Brandon Milligan

1.) What’s your favorite color?

Green

2.) What’s your favorite food?

Lasagna

3.) What kind of music do you like?

French Pop (ex. Louane, Indila, Alizée), Latin Pop (ex. Jesse & Joy, Farruko), Jazz Vocal (ex. Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra), Metal (ex. Opeth, Type O Negative, Septicflesh, Ghost)

4.) Where is the coolest place in the world you’ve visited?

Heidelberg, Germany

5.) Tell me something unique about yourself.

I’ll tell you two: I despise any and all forms of fruit (though there are some I force down through self-discipline for health reasons), and I have flown in an F-16 over Las Vegas and Death Valley.

6.) Tell me what you like to do for fun.

I enjoy cycling, watching college football (though, I’m taking this year off), and walking “downtown areas.”

7.) What are your financial goals?

Most of my financial goals are already achieved. My last financial goals pending are my daughter’s college expense and paying my house off.

8.) What are your health goals?

To maintain my BMI and stay fit as long as I can.

9.) What inspired you to study Entrepreneurship?

None of the other concentration electives interested me. Entrepreneurship is a field I knew little about, so I was curious to learn more about it.  

10.) Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Right now, I work as an admin in a real estate office. Perhaps, in ten years I might be a market center administrator in a local firm. These electives may inspire something different.

11.) Where do you see yourself 30 years from now?

I’ll be 74 years old in 30 years, so I see myself right here attempting to stay upright (if I’m still upright).

12.) Describe the steps to begin achieving any goal of your choice.

I believe most goals can be intimidating to many. The first steps, for me, have always been holding my breath (metaphorically) and just tackling the scary steps first. Also, though I’m a big advocate for embracing failure, assuming the mindset that failure is not an option has proved very helpful for me.



Interviewee Ben Haligan

1.) What’s your favorite color? Blue

2.) What’s your favorite food? If I had to pick, I’d say a Potatoe only because they are easy to grow and a person could survive on them solely.

3.) What kind of music do you like? A variety. Really enjoy live music. Going to see Beck w/ Cage the Elephant next Sunday!

4.) Where is the coolest place in the world you’ve visited? That’s a tough question. I’d say Virgin Gorda BVI, Belize, and Edinborough, Scottland all rank pretty high.

5.) Tell me something unique about yourself. My heritage can be traced back to the Neanderthal.

6.) Tell me what you like to do for fun. I enjoy outdoor activities. (rock climbing, mnt biking, paddling, trail running, and soccer)

7.) What are your financial goals? To be comfortable

8.) What are your health goals? To be healthy

9.) What inspired you to study Entrepreneurship? I had to fulfill one remaining elective to complete the MBA program.

10.) Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Somewhere new.

11.) Where do you see yourself 30 years from now? Somewhere familiar.

12.) Describe the steps to begin achieving any goal of your choice.

Step 1: Establish a goal

Step 2: Outline steps to achieving a goal.

Step 3: Persue each subsequent step and repeatedly evaluate progress.



Interviewee Ellie

1.) What’s your favorite color? Periwinkle

2.) What’s your favorite food? Hot wings

3.) What kind of music do you like? All Kinds too many to choose from

4.) Where is the coolest place in the world you’ve visited? I travel a lot and have seen a ton of cool places. I think my favorite place to visit is Morocco

5.) Tell me something unique about yourself.

I am constantly coming up with new ideas

6.) Tell me what you like to do for fun.

Art, outdoor activities, relax

7.) What are your financial goals?

My biggest one is to pay off my student loans

8.) What are your health goals?

To continue living a healthy lifestyle

9.) What inspired you to study Entrepreneurship?

I have had an entrepreneurial spirit all my life. I thought this would be a good fit for me.

10.) Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

I see myself working smarter not harder

11.) Where do you see yourself 30 years from now?

Retired on a world cruise

12.) Describe the steps to begin achieving any goal of your choice.

Identify my goal

Explore possible way of achieving it

Look at the obstacles I might face

Ask others who have achieved similar goals

Lay out a plan

Implement the plan

Check to see if my outcomes are meeting my goals

If not reevaluate.


Audrey Jordan Interviewing Rebecca Wiggins (me!)


  1. What is your academic background?

I graduated from Robbinsville High School in Robbinsville, NC, 2007. I went to Western Carolina University for a year and a half in 2007, and transferred and finished at Young Harris College, graduate in 2012, with a B.A. in piano, percussion, and voice. I’m receiving a music technology minor at Western Carolina University currently, and pursuing a master’s in Innovation, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship too.

  1. Do you utilize your degree with your current job?

I play piano part time at an Art Gallery, and small gigs occasionally. I really want to get my music published that I write, and work in a recording studio.

  1. What is your greatest strength and greatest weakness?

My greatest weakness was alcohol, smoking, and prescription drugs. I’ve quit all of it. Now I just have an occasional drink.

  1. What motivated you to choose this field of study?

Improving my rental property business, owning my own dance/yoga studio, and having my own music business.

  1. What has your greatest achievement been so far?

Sobriety

  1. How will this particular area of study be beneficial to your current or future job?

I will do what I love and be able to focus on my music and dance with my rental properties paying for themselves and making me profit now.

  1. What is your definition of entrepreneurship?

Independence, self-discipline, organized, rich, and achievement.

  1. What was the reason you decided to study entrepreneurship as your major?

Because I’m independent and want to be my own boss.

  1. What do you feel you will contribute to this program?

I can help people by sharing my music, helping people be healthy with my yoga studio, and providing a great place for people to relax and go on vacation on my rental properties.

  1. What have you learned from the previous class that will be beneficial to this class?

Get Ahead! Stay ahead!


Interview Questions from Ellie

Rebecca’s Interview answers for Ellie

What are you most passionate about?

Music. Art.

What is your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement is quitting smoking, and drinking alcohol.

What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses as a budding entrepreneur?

I am very self-disciplined, and I care about people, maybe too much?

What was the most important lesson you learned as a child that still resonates as an adult?

To be kind to others, and share.

Is there a person who was a major influence in your life? If so why?

My parents. They bore 12 children, and we are all alive and well. I am also called child number 9.

What are your top 3 career goals?

To be a millionaire.

I aim to own many businesses, including yoga studios, rental properties, and music studios.

I want to give the money back to others in need.

When someone asks you what an entrepreneur does, how do you answer?

They make it happen, and know how to start something themselves, even if they start from nothing.

What do you feel is the greatest characteristic of a successful entrepreneur? Why?

Persevering. Some people quit too early, right before their big break. They’ll never know.

It you were a tool in a toolbox what would you be (screwdriver, nail, hammer, ruler, pencil)? Why?

The nail. It holds everything together.

Do you have a favorite piece of advice?

Get ahead. Stay Ahead. Be humble, but stay smart.

Ellie

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