Alumni Showcase: Alexander Paulsen '17

Oct 08, 2020 • Alumni Showcase

Alexander Paulsen, 2017 Morningside Alumnus says, “Entrepreneurialism should be predicated on the concept of bringing value to the community and making the world a better version of itself. That is why I started a business.” Nightingale Coffee has been serving the Siouxland community for a little over a year now with Alex at the wheel.

In deciding the name of the business Alex describes, “The Nightingale is a songbird, and this to me acts as a muse for speech, creativity, art, and all of those things that humans have the ability to create. I believe honesty, truth, and transparency are necessary attributes to create something of importance. The Nightingale is a symbol for me to remember these values, as well as give a place for individuals to have a voice of their own and to ‘sing their song’.”

Previously an undergraduate majoring in both Philosophy and Religion, Alex retells his Morningside experience with fond memories. Besides being active on the swim team and in jazz band, he notes that Morningside’s Philosophy club was a highlight of his college career. Growing the club by gathering more members and hosting regular meetings, Alex appreciated working with many thoughtful individuals and faculty such as Dr. Alden Stout and Dr. Heather Reid. He was able to travel with Philosophy club executives to Vancouver, Canada for the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association his sophomore year. These experiences made an impact past graduation that has led him to venture into being an entrepreneur and business owner.

Alex’s advice to students wanting to pursue entrepreneurialism comes from a book entitled On the Shortness of Life by Seneca that says, “The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. You are arranging what lies in Fortune’s control and abandoning what lies in yours. What are you looking at? To what goal are you straining? The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”