Since we accept students from a variety of backgrounds at Austin Center for Design, we don't assume they will all share a common set of skills; instead, we teach our students some broad fundamentals (like sketching, presenting, and storytelling) during their first quarter. We also try to teach them another fundamental: entrepreneurial hustle—the idea that you can actively cause things to happen rather than passively have things happen to you. This is both a mindset as well as a series of methods. Many students have never thought of themselves as agents of change and have never considered that they…
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