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Three questions with student entrepreneur Shea Gouldd

At age 3, Shea Gouldd knew who Emeril Lagasse was. “When I was a toddler, I used to watch cooking shows instead of cartoons,” says the class of 2017 entrepreneurship major. By the time she was in seventh grade, Gouldd was an avid baker.

At 14, she became the owner of Shea’s Bakery.

Gouldd took a step back from the bakery after high school to come to WashU, where she could learn to improve on her entrepreneurship skills in a supportive environment. A team runs Shea’s Bakery back in her native Florida, leaving Gouldd free to found an entrepreneurship club and, with the help of three other girls in the club, start a second business on campus, Bear-Y Sweet Shoppe.

Here, she talks about what it takes to be an entrepreneur and lessons she has learned along the way.