Compassion + Know-How: UST Business Student Omar Aleisa Assists Classmates for FREE to Launch Entrepreneurial APPS
Omar Aleisa to the rescue! With compassion for helping others, Aleisa, volunteered his technology skills for programming apps for FREE to his fellow University of St. Thomas classmates who do not have the know-how or resources to move forward with a great entrepreneurial idea in their entrepreneurship class.
“I am helping students from St. Thomas turn their ideas for applications into reality,” Aleisa said. “For each student, I am building the minimal viable product needed to help shape their project. With this, they will be able to further develop the product according to their goals.”
Aleisa Embodies UST Core Values
Aleisa will earn a BBA/MBA in finance in December 2021 from UST. He is currently taking a class in entrepreneurship at the McNair Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. His instructor, Dr. Patrick Woock, was struck by his kindness and feels Aleisa embodies UST’s core values of goodness, discipline, knowledge and community.
Aleisa, a first-generation American, whose family immigrated here for a better life, notes that he tries to incorporate these core values into his everyday life. “It is important to remember that everyone is on their own journey, including myself. It was not easy to attain the knowledge that I have now, and to be able to help someone else continue to grow on their path is the most rewarding feeling.”
Aleisa has an Entrepreneurial Spirit
UST is rooting for Aleisa’s success in life. His personal goal is to become an investor and open businesses of his own.
Aleisa said. “Years ago, I was in the same situation as these students. I understand what it's like to have an idea and lack the resources to execute or even know where to begin. It is not easy and because of that, and it hinders growth in our society. People feed on negativity, and it is nice to give a helping hand, to support each other in our endeavors.”
Aleisa knows that preparation and luck equal opportunity. He also knows that he needs a measured approach to success. “At the end of the day there are no absolutes,” he said. “I am grateful for every opportunity that comes my way, and I try to take situations that arise day by day.”
Learn more about earning a entrepreneurship minor through the McNair Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.