Anatomy of an Athlete
In the Entrepreneurial Arena
Rare is the student-athlete who can make the time to help start and run a business in addition to balancing the obligations of both academics and athletics. Meet Autumn Rose Anderson '14, member of both the Ladies basketball team and Kenyon's entrepreneurship club. She joined eight other students in proposing Nite Bites, an on-campus operation that provides quality food options as fuel for students' late-night study sessions. Anderson and her group entered their idea in a competition sponsored by the College's Innovation Greenhouse program, and walked away with $3,000 in seed money.
Now the post player finds herself serving as co-president of Nite Bites. “Entrepreneurship is something I have a passion for and love to do,” said Anderson, who is majoring in international studies with a minor in Chinese. “It appeals to my creative side—to figure out ways to provide something that isn't there. It's demanding to be an athlete, worry about my studies, and on top of that try to start a business. But the benefits outweigh the costs. The reward down the road will be how fulfilling it is to know we got this started.”
Meanwhile, consider a few other aspects of fulfillment in Anderson's life. —Mike Andrews