Babson Magazine

Fall 2018

Advice from the Centennial Class

Set to graduate as Babson celebrates its 100th birthday, the Class of 2019 takes time to offer the incoming Class of 2022 advice on how to be a success at Babson.

Illustration: Oivind Hovland

Illustration: Oivind Hovland

Study abroad. That’s the number-one piece of advice I can give. I went on the Arcadia in Rome program, and while there, I also traveled to Lisbon, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, and many cities in Italy. Every city and country I visited, not only did I learn a new culture and perspective, but I also gained valuable insights into who I am as a student and person. In those three months, I learned more about myself than I have in my entire life. College is a fast-paced world, and I got caught up in doing too many things. Being abroad allowed me just to slow down, enjoy time alone, and truly appreciate what really matters. —My-Linh DeBonis ’19

Find people and environments where you can be yourself. For me that was Babson Dance Ensemble. I’ve danced my entire life, and it’s one of my greatest passions. The people I met through BDE are now some of my best friends and biggest inspirations, not only in terms of dance, but professionally and academically.

Also, take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Don’t be afraid to try new things. One of my favorite experiences at Babson was when I went on an elective abroad to Argentina and Uruguay during spring break. I didn’t know anyone going on the program, and I was very much out of my comfort zone. But I was able to make new friends and meet people whom I otherwise wouldn’t have. —Camille Jones ’19

A lot of times people come to Babson and say, I’ve got to get a 4.0 GPA. I got caught up in it, too. But it’s not worth the stress. I realized that college is more about the people you meet and the experiences you have. These things matter more. Your GPA only tells 10 percent of the story. There will always be someone with a higher GPA than you. Your experiences are what define you.

So value your time here, and focus on Babson holistically. Look for community, which sometimes can be difficult to find. Seek people with similar interests and bring them together. I was blessed to be a Posse Scholar, and I also took the initiative and headed the Muslim Student Association, helping to build it into a vibrant community. —Mahd Sharif ’19

My biggest tip for the incoming class: Get on Google Calendar and plan your life on it. The calendar helps me figure out my busy days and keeps me sane. My second tip is to make sure you’re passionate about everything you commit yourself to. My schedule is jam-packed, but I love everything I do.

Organizations like Habitat for Humanity, the admissions office , and my sorority, Chi Omega, are a few of the wonderful things that have made Babson feel like home to me. I also love attending performances by the Babson Dance Ensemble, the Rocket Pitches a cappella group, and the Students Against Gravity improv group. I even play on the women’s club ice hockey team. It makes me happy to take advantage of all the wonderful experiences that Babson offers. —Abi Cohen ’19