10 11 / 2011
My name is Roxy Wacyk, and I graduated from Harvard University (AKA Mather University) in 2010 with a degree in Economics and Neurobiology. I entered college with the dream of working for Genentech after graduating (largely influenced by this article, which came out the year I graduated high school), but after working in the biotech/pharma industry for a year, I rapidly realized that this was no longer the fast-paced innovative industry it once was (largely due to the decline in drug development research investment and strict FDA regulations, but that’s a topic for another day).
After a junior year internship in general management consulting and 14 months in biotech/pharma consulting, I realized that while the corporate world had its perks (which can largely be summed up in two words: CORPORATE AMEX), it was the time for me to take a risk and join a start-up where I could extend my role beyond PowerPoint slide-making and Amex point collecting.
I made the taboo move of leaving my position before the 2-year mark to join General Assembly, a central figure in NYC’s burgeoning startup community. GA is an urban campus for startups that provides space, support services, and educational programming to foster collaborative practices and emergent learning opportunities.
My friends have been urging me to start a blog for years (less because of my wit and interesting ideas and more because of the ridiculous things that tend to happen to me), but my entry into this new startup world has finally given me the impetus to do so (and also revive my twitter account, @roxywacyk).
Stay tuned, and I hope it’s a crazy ride!