College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Earl Dryden, DVM

Liberal Arts Statement

My sophomore year of college, I decided to make my entrepreneurial mark in the world and invest in rental properties. This was triggered by an "A" I received in The Principles of Economics. If I could make an "A" in that class, I knew I could carry over those skill into the real world.

Weekly rent collections, maintenance issues, domestic skirmishes, and several evictions later, I realized this business venture was anything but by the book. My formulated equations for success were anything but profitable. Surely I did not make a mistake. As I pondered my predicament and lamented certain failure, I searched for any saving grace. It was at this time of deep thought I ran into my Economics professor, Dr. Nichols. I shared my situation with him. Like a parent he said, "We should learn from our mistakes." I replied, "What mistakes? This was by the book." He then provided only a hint of an answer to my problem; something not in any textbook. It was enough to turn on the light in my head and make me feel as though I had solved my own problem.

The next day I procured 3 football players and, in exchange for 2 hours of their time each week for 3 months, I bought dinner. Nothing like an all-you-can-eat buffet for $10. My new and very big entourage made weekly appearances for rent collections, domestic issues, and evictions. Needless to say, collections went up, evictions down, and everyone knew there was a new sheriff in town.

I subsequently sold this profitable venture and eventually obtained a doctorate in veterinary medicine. I still dabble in real estate. Football players have been replaced with attorneys. Residential rentals are now commercial leasing properties. The principles remain the same but education coupled with guidance has allowed me to think outside the box and use football players to win the game.