5 Questions with Nori Horvitz

Nori Horvitz

Ask Nori Horvitz ’20 to describe Babson in one word, and she’ll say “inspirational.”

What you don’t capture from that one word: just how inspirational Horvitz has been for her classmates.

As a longtime member of the Student Government Association (SGA)—she served as president in the 2018–2019 academic year—Horvitz is a student who has worked tirelessly to make Babson life as engaging as possible.

She’s continuing on that mission today. As the vice president of clubs and organizations, she leads the clubs and organizations committee. And, as a senior member of SGA, she’s an important voice in ongoing conversations with the College around Commencement and the class of 2020.

“Overall, we want to ensure that students still feel a sense of community even though we are spread all over the world,” she said. “I am very thankful to be able to give a voice to the seniors and sit at these meetings.”

As her senior year comes to a close, Horvitz shares her favorite moments, and her advice, from her inspirational Babson College experience.

What is the biggest lesson you learned at Babson?

Don’t be afraid to reach out to people. If you are struggling in class or want to learn more, sitting in office hours helps you not only learn the course material, but also learn about the professor’s life, career experience, and other opportunities in the industry outside of academics.

Outside of classes, if you are interested in pursuing something, but do not know where to start, just ask someone. Even if they are not the person, they will know who is and will help you find the right resources. Do not be afraid to ask.

What field are you passionate about?

I have always been interested in problem solving and in technology, and I want to combine my passion for both. I am concentrating in Strategic Management and Business Analytics.

After graduation, I will be working at PA Consulting, a consulting firm that focuses on innovative product strategy and design. I am excited to be in a company that focuses on innovation because that is where I can put what I learned at Babson to work.

How did you figure out what you wanted to do?

I came in with an open mind. When I’m asked about my dream job, I always say, “At the rate the world is changing and innovating, my dream job might not even exist yet.” I do not want to limit myself to one path. Keeping yourself open gives you the choice and flexibility to go down one path, or put yourself on another. That’s been my answer since freshman year. I am creating my own dream job.

What is the biggest change you have seen on campus over the past four years?

I like seeing how willing people have become, over the past years, to tackle issues on campus. I see more student-led petitions, meetings, and conversations about what they are doing to make campus life more enriching for students. The student body is becoming more proactive to get what they want.

What is your advice for your classmates during this difficult, often disappointing, time?

No one could have predicted that our spring semester would end like this. I know that many people are frustrated and disappointed.

However, just because we are all physically separated doesn’t mean that we have to be strangers. Take the extra time you have now to call an old friend from high school, or create a Zoom or WebEx hangout with your college friends. Enjoy spending time at home. Maybe even try to learn something new, or reignite an old passion. This is a unique time that you will probably remember for the rest of your life. Try to make some happy memories.

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