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Join Owais Raza, a student entrepreneur at UT Austin, every Monday, as he explores the ways college students maintain their mental health, social life, academics, and ambition while building their startup into a profitable business in college.
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With the abundance of shows and podcasts covering entrepreneurship today, I have yet to hear dialogue with practical advice on how student entrepreneurs can take care of themselves financially, mentally, and socially, all while maintaining their academic standing and ambition to build a successful company in college. Many podcasts that interview successful entrepreneurs aren’t truly relatable for aspiring students because they derive overarching life advice & wisdom, rather than offering practical and implementable solutions for the unique nature of problems that come with running a company as a student.

Crushing It answers how students can pursue their ventures no matter how audacious they are, without sacrificing their mental health and academic caliber. It debunks the myths of what it takes to be a successful student entrepreneur by showcasing what goes on behind the scenes.

But with all this talk about entrepreneurship, I’m sure it begs the question, who am I and why am I making this?

My name is Owais Raza, and I’m a 20-year-old Muslim immigrant and first-generation college student studying Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin.

When I was 12 years old my father abandoned my family, leaving us in a financial crisis. He evicted us from our home and for a brief period of time, we didn’t know where or how we would afford a place to stay. My mother was a stay-at-home mom and my siblings and I were not old enough to get a job.

That’s when we turned to the internet. Over the next 6 months, my brother and I scoured the web to find ways to make money. He went down the route of building websites. I went down the route of building, growing, and selling Instagram pages.

This helped us stay afloat for 4 years, after which I realized I just needed a few high ticket clients to help my family and balance school. But no one would pay a 16-year-old the amount that I needed unless I could prove my worth and credibility.

So I spent the next year writing and self-publishing my book “The Social Media Specialist.” My book went semi-viral in my community and thus Mysterious Media, a cost-efficient Instagram marketing agency, which I run to this day, was born.

In hindsight, I’ve realized this is only easy to talk about because I’ve weathered the worst of the storm. In my synopsis, I fast forwarded eight years of my life in two sentences like it was nothing, but those days have been burned vividly into my brain. I was financially, mentally, spiritually, and academically broken down to my core. In those days I promised myself that I would never let anyone go through what my family and I went through.

That if I found someone in the dark place that I so dreadingly remember, that I would do everything in my power to pull them out and show them that there is light on the other side.

I want to be the voice that helps guide student entrepreneurs out of that dark place in their life. To show them that there are many of us who are living and breathing examples of what can be accomplished when you push through and make it to the other side.
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Join Owais Raza, a student entrepreneur at UT Austin, every Monday, as he explores the ways college students maintain their mental health, social life, academics, and ambition while building their startup into a profitable business in college.
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With the abundance of shows and podcasts covering entrepreneurship today, I have yet to hear dialogue with practical advice on how student entrepreneurs can take care of themselves financially, mentally, and socially, all while maintaining their academic standing and ambition to build a successful company in college. Many podcasts that interview successful entrepreneurs aren’t truly relatable for aspiring students because they derive overarching life advice & wisdom, rather than offering practical and implementable solutions for the unique nature of problems that come with running a company as a student.

Crushing It answers how students can pursue their ventures no matter how audacious they are, without sacrificing their mental health and academic caliber. It debunks the myths of what it takes to be a successful student entrepreneur by showcasing what goes on behind the scenes.

But with all this talk about entrepreneurship, I’m sure it begs the question, who am I and why am I making this?

My name is Owais Raza, and I’m a 20-year-old Muslim immigrant and first-generation college student studying Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin.

When I was 12 years old my father abandoned my family, leaving us in a financial crisis. He evicted us from our home and for a brief period of time, we didn’t know where or how we would afford a place to stay. My mother was a stay-at-home mom and my siblings and I were not old enough to get a job.

That’s when we turned to the internet. Over the next 6 months, my brother and I scoured the web to find ways to make money. He went down the route of building websites. I went down the route of building, growing, and selling Instagram pages.

This helped us stay afloat for 4 years, after which I realized I just needed a few high ticket clients to help my family and balance school. But no one would pay a 16-year-old the amount that I needed unless I could prove my worth and credibility.

So I spent the next year writing and self-publishing my book “The Social Media Specialist.” My book went semi-viral in my community and thus Mysterious Media, a cost-efficient Instagram marketing agency, which I run to this day, was born.

In hindsight, I’ve realized this is only easy to talk about because I’ve weathered the worst of the storm. In my synopsis, I fast forwarded eight years of my life in two sentences like it was nothing, but those days have been burned vividly into my brain. I was financially, mentally, spiritually, and academically broken down to my core. In those days I promised myself that I would never let anyone go through what my family and I went through.

That if I found someone in the dark place that I so dreadingly remember, that I would do everything in my power to pull them out and show them that there is light on the other side.

I want to be the voice that helps guide student entrepreneurs out of that dark place in their life. To show them that there are many of us who are living and breathing examples of what can be accomplished when you push through and make it to the other side.

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Recognition on Next Episode
$10 or more per month

A special thank you at the start of the next episode! 

Merch!
$20 or more per month

Get a Crushing It shirt!