Showcasing students’ businesses

College students often find themselves in need of a quick way to earn money. For some, their passions and talents drive them to create their own business. Several students here at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor share how they built their businesses and give advice on how students can start their own.

Matt Murray, a senior mathematics major, started Pedagon Education in June of this year. Pedagon Education, a combination of polygon and pedagogy, is a tutoring, mentorship and consultancy business that focuses on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics area of education.
They also work on consulting with prospective students by helping them build four-year plans. Pedagon Education serves students in the Belton, Temple, Killeen and Austin areas. Tutoring subscription rates start at 25 dollars for high school students and 35 dollars for college students. The first session is always free.
“I had been wanting to start the business for a while, but found myself in need of a marketing representative,” Murray said. This is where Katie Scott, a senior marketing major, comes in. Katie focuses on the social side of the business. Murray believes you need to find someone to be able to approach others online and to get your name out there. Scott recommends that if someone is looking to start their own business they should network and use social media to get their name out there and build their brand. Murray agrees that you need to find someone to show off your skills.
You can get in touch with them by email, and, or phone at 254-228-9609 and 817-600-6892. And check them out on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @PedagonEdu.

Danielle Demetria East, a senior studio art major, sells her artwork on the side of earning her degree. She is a talented sculptor and also makes handmade journals and mixed media collages. When East came to college she thought this would be a good way to “jump start her career” and make a little cash on the side.
Her products range anywhere from 5 dollars to 300 dollars depending on the piece. East recommends that students speak up and meet new people to network with.
She advises artists to know their work and its value and not to sell themselves short.
Follow her on Instagram @danielledemetria or check out her website

Megan Henefield, a freshman education major, specializes in portrait, group, and live-action photography. Her business started during her sophomore year of high school. She grew up in a family of photographers, so it was natural for her to choose this profession.
“I grew up in front of a camera and gradually stepped behind it,” Henefield said. Megan charges 25 dollars for a set of 25 portrait/group pictures and 25 live action photos, like concerts and sports, for 45 dollars. Henefield’s advice to those wanting to start their own business is to just “throw yourself into it because if it is something you’re passionate about you shouldn’t be afraid.”
Follow Megan on Instagram @meggcaptures or get in touch with her by email at or phone at 903-830-2951.

Hannah Mills, a senior music major, is a piano instructor to elementary aged students as well as adults. She started teaching her freshman year at UMHB by using the CRUSitters program. Mills plays for the UMHB Wind Ensemble and is an accompanist for many singers and musicians on campus. Her resume includes attending a six week-long residency at an academy in Italy where she played classical music with a quartet. When asked about her stay at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Sienna, Mills explained how it was “such a wonderful experience.” Her piano lessons are 20 dollars for 30 minutes, 30 dollars for 45 minutes, and 40 dollars for an hour. Hannah’s advice is to “get your name out there and build your way up.” She also advises students to try new things, even if it’s uncomfortable at first, because who knows what you’ll be good at.
Contact Hannah at 830-456-0896 or email her at

Author: Bria Schwartz

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