Senior Spotlight: Brian Henson

North Korea (147)Brian Henson is a graduating senior in Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business with a passion for learning new things and experiencing the world. In his time at Cal Poly, he has served as the president of Cal Poly’s Financial Management Association, helped create the Cal Poly Investing Club, served as an ambassador for the College of Business, and helped teach classes and write textbooks for various professors on campus. Outside of the college of business, he has served as a resident advisor, worked for the University Police Department, and advised the Vice President of Student Affairs on student housing transitions from on-campus to off-campus.

Brian has also had the opportunity to travel during his time in college. Among the many experiences he’s had, flying to Washington D.C. to view the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, to London to work for two months in an internship for job placement firm Reed Online, and most recently to North Korea to run a half-marathon and visit the country are among his favorites.

Currently, Brian spends his time assisting a Cal Poly psychology professor in researching emotion suppression and will be co-authoring a peer-reviewed article on his findings this summer. He is also in the early stages of launching a startup, Yosi, a service which connects entrepreneurs interested in starting new businesses. In his spare time, he enjoys reading (he has taught himself to speed read), sports, practicing his French, and helping lead the high school youth group at his local church.

Brian is graduating magna cum laude from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in business administration, concentration in financial management and minor in psychology. He will spend next year volunteering as a policy fellow in Washington D.C. for the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Hispanic-Rights group. Brian will work on policy research in the areas of civil rights advocacy, education, employment, and healthcare to help further opportunities for Hispanic Americans. After his work in Washington D.C., he plans to enter the Marine Corps as an officer.