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By Courtney McAbee, BSBA Finance ’09

CourtneyMcAbee_sm.jpgIn March, 27 pre-business and business students – including me – went to Omaha, Nebraska, to meet Warren Buffett. We arrived Thursday night, and on Friday, we got to learn about Mr. Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway. Friday morning we went to Nebraska Furniture Mart, “The Largest Furniture Store in the World,” and got a tour by the vice president and founder’s grandson.  

We then went downtown and had a question-and-answer session with Mr. Buffett. The other schools attending were Harvard, Wharton, London School of Economics, UC Davis, and Boston College. Each school rotated, asking Mr. Buffett questions ranging from his personal life to philanthropy and the economy. Mr. Buffett then treated everyone to lunch at one of his favorite steakhouses. Mr. Buffett stayed after lunch and took individual and group pictures with everyone. To finish the day, we went to Borsheim’s, the second-largest jewelry store in the country, and got a tour and question-and-answer session with the CEO.

Overall, it was a memorable experience for everyone. It was great to hear Mr.
Buffett talk about the economy as well as his life, and was beneficial to hear his advice for the young college students. You could tell when he talked about his life that he really enjoys doing what he does. His main piece of advice was “do what you love.”  He said even if he was making no money, he would still be doing what he is doing now because he truly loves it and doesn’t think of it as work, which is why he doesn’t plan to “retire” anytime soon.

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