Ryan Perry, BS’16
What really adds momentum to your journey is being able to say that you have a unique capability that allows for you to contribute something extra to a business.
A Kelley education is more than just going to class and doing what’s assigned. Within the business world, it can seem that everyone is doing things the same way. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the best way.
While there are countless accounting and finance double majors, I chose to major in accounting and philosophy. Not only does this interesting combination make me stand out from my peers, it also lets me see business in a different light. According to the philosopher René Descartes, you should reject anything you knew before, start from the goal and figure out the most logical way to accomplish that. You’ll usually find a better path somewhere along the way.
When other businesspeople take the expected path, I look for a unique way to solve the problem.
In my freshman year at Kelley, I discovered the need for a convenient tutoring system in Bloomington. Rather than waiting for someone else to solve the problem, my partners Chad Norris, Pablo Mitre, and I seized the opportunity to create our own business—Btown Tutor. Through Btown Tutor I gained a lot of confidence in my business ability. I learned how to market the business, how to run meetings, and how things really work in the business world.
I am Ryan Perry, and I achieved more than I ever imagined with the Kelley Undergraduate Program.