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College life can go beyond classes, keggers and cramming for finals. Why not start your own business? These enterprising students did.

By Nichole L. Torres

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College isn't just about dorm rooms, sororities, late-nightcramming sessions and parties. If you're really on the ball,you can also build a lucrative business while you're earningyour degree. Think college isn't the best time to start abusiness? Think again.

There are tons of benefits to starting a business in college.You have a slew of campus resources to help you out, and it'slikely you're not bogged down with lots of responsibilities(children, mortgages, etc.), yet you're chock-full ofcreativity and passion. "[College] students are extremelycreative at how to cultivate market relationships," says CaronSt. John, director of the Spiro Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership atClemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. "Theyhaven't had any losses yet, so they will take a risk someoneelse might not take. Their fearlessness, coupled with theircreativity, gives them opportunities to do interestingthings."

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