When he was 5 years old, Sean Burris launched his first “ven­ture” called The Fix-​​It Com­pany. Burris would gather up plumbing parts or wood lying around his Lin­coln, Calif., house left over from his father’s con­struc­tion com­pany and turn them into little trin­kets or other improve­ment items that he could give to his par­ents. He even made up busi­ness cards.

I liked to pre­tend I had my own com­pany,” recalled Burris, who will begin at North­eastern this fall in the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness with con­cen­tra­tions in new ven­ture man­age­ment and entre­pre­neur­ship. “But even at an early age, I was already thinking about ideas for dif­ferent businesses.”

During his sopho­more year of high school, Burris’ first real ven­ture took flight. A long admirer of vin­tage air­planes, Burris began researching com­pa­nies that char­tered flights with planes from the 1950s and 60s. He soon launched Classic Jet Tours for vin­tage air­plane enthu­si­asts like him­self, in which arranged group charter flights for pas­sen­gers aboard these aircraft.

I learned a lot about the charter industry, as well as cus­tomer ser­vice. I found myself sud­denly answering a flood of emails from inter­ested cus­tomers, and I was even get­ting phone calls when I was in class,” he said.

At North­eastern, he’s eager to con­tinue pur­suing his entre­pre­neurial spirit through stu­dent orga­ni­za­tions like the North­eastern Entre­pre­neurs Club and experiential-​​learning oppor­tu­ni­ties like co-​​op. In par­tic­ular, he noted his interest in the E-Club’s Husky Startup Chal­lenge, a semester-​​long busi­ness devel­op­ment com­pe­ti­tion that includes boot camps, net­working events, and an end-​​of-​​semester Demo Day. Burris will also be in the Honors Program.

In high school, Burris took a lead­er­ship class in which he and his peers orga­nized school events like dances and cook­outs. He said the skills he learned in that class will def­i­nitely be applic­able during his time at Northeastern.

We brain­stormed ideas about how to improve and build upon these types of events, while also cre­atively solving prob­lems and fig­uring how to max­i­mize stu­dent par­tic­i­pa­tion,” he said. “That class really put into prac­tice the tasks of problem-​​solving and thinking about new ideas.”