The Journey with Rufin
Rufin is known in Atlanta for putting on some of the biggest and most creative experiences in the city. But this wasn’t always the case, growing up with immigrant parents from the Congo, Rufin didn’t have the traditional social experience in high school. When he went off to college at The University of Georgia, Rufin started to find his own sense of personality and realized he really enjoyed bringing people together. As a computer science major, Rufin was conflicted when he gained more of an interest as a creative. As he approached senior year, he had a flash of what his life would look like in 5 years if he would continue on this path. He realized the vision that he saw was one of comfort and it just didn’t feel right. Before making his decision to stay in school or follow his entrepreneurial interests, Rufin had an idea to help retain minority students at UGA. And from there he launched Georgia Dazes, when 20 invites for volunteers turned into 120 people showing up, Rufin knew that he was on to something and it was just the validation he needed in his ability to mobilize people and create something from scratch. After Rufin made his decision, he had to figure out how to tell his parents, who believed in the ‘American Dream’ of just going to school and getting a “good” job.
Have you been in the place where your family didn’t understand your passions or had people that didn’t support your entrepreneurial dream? Then tune in and watch Rufin’s story of how he was able to stay authentic to his dreams despite what his family thought was best for him.
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