Editor’s note: Suzanne Matthews, a correspondent for ExitEvent, writes about reaching her decision to become an entrepreneur and launch a company. “The universe said I was there to discover my dream,” she writes after signing up for a class on entrepreneurship at N.C. State. ExitEvent is a news partner of WRAL TechWire.

RALEIGH, N.C. – When you are young and starting out on your own, you think that the days of calling your parents and crying are far behind you. But when I was 20, I found myself lying on a bench in the middle of the NC State campus on the phone with my dad, and I was bawling.

I had started my college career with a plan. I was going to major in political science then go to Duke for law school. Somewhere in transition, my plan had lost its appeal, and I was no longer happy. A few days later I was changing my major. I wanted to wake up each day and do something I love. So, I found the English department, which welcomed me with open arms. I had a new plan, it was to have a BA in English with a concentration in Language, Writing and Rhetoric. I thought I would go into publishing.

In the novel The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho writes that “when you want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you achieve it”. Another version of this quote has been attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Perhaps these men are two of my favorite writers because I share the same philosophy. However, I only thought I knew what I wanted; and the universe yet again, had another plan.

As a sophomore in the Spring of 2012, I walked into a class called EMA 370: Practical Arts Entrepreneurship. I thought I was enrolled in the class to meet a general education requirement. The universe said I was there to discover my dream.

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