I do not think I came into this program with a set of concrete expectations for what Detroit would be like. However, there has been a lot that has surprised me about the city. First, I do not think I have been to a city with so much pride before. The citizens of Detroit really do love their city and believe it "hustles harder" than anywhere else. I got to see first-hand how hard Detroiters hustle by attending a Detroit-SOUP presentation. At SOUP, four local business owners make a pitch to win a donated amount of funds to support their business. Through this first week working at ProsperUS, I have also realized how hard my coworkers are working to help our clients, Detroit entrepreneurs, succeed.
I was also a bit surprised about how much of Detroit is out-of-use or abandoned. When we first went to The Heidelberg Project in East Detroit, an outdoor art exhibit that utilizes parts that would otherwise likely be recycled or thrown away, I started to come to this realization. Every building surrounding The Heidelberg Project was abandoned and very worn-down, except for the house of the artist of the project.
To help the city of Detroit recover, I hope to do whatever ProsperUS needs of me in order to assist the firm and its clients. Entrepreneurship is one thing that I believe makes the United States great. It is an opportunity to pursue your dreams and make something of yourself. It is key to rebuilding the Detroit economy, which is crucial to the life of this city in the long run.