A Leap of Faith
Doubt, insecurity, anxietyâ€¦ Perhaps these are what some of you might be feeling right now. If so, I want to tell you that you are not alone. I suppose it is only natural to feel anxious before making the decision of where you are going to spend the next four years of your life. I suppose it is only natural to feel nervous before committing to a large investment of both time and money. But the good news is, this is probably just one of the first critical life-choices you will have to make.
Some of you already have your hearts set on Babson College. Welcome and glad you can join the B-club. Some of you may have a pretty good idea of where you want to go. While others may still be lost and nowhere near a decision. Well, four years ago during this time of the year, I can tell you that I was completely lost. Being from a country halfway around the world from the US certainly did not help. I did not have the privilege of an interview, a campus tour or an information session. My tools of college-research were limited to a dial-up internet connection that seldom worked. Despite my doubt, there were signals that I certainly could not miss.
My school from K-12 had all but five hundred students. My graduating class size consisted of thirty-eight students. Our graduation ceremony took place in an auditorium of a small hotel. But the connections I made in that small community are gifts that I have come to cherish to this day. Likewise, Babson College offers exactly that type of community: it is one of the smaller private schools in the nation by student population. With a student-faculty ratio of 15 to 1, it gives me every opportunity to express my voice in such a small close-knit community.
The International Representation
One in four Babson College students is international. As such, the communityâ€™s diversity becomes its core strength as everyone brings something new to the table. As an international student, I feel my opinion is valued by my peers. At the same time, I get to experience interesting perspectives from others. The business world today is not limited to a single country and as such, Babson prepares its students to be global citizens.
The Balanced Academics
If you are a Babson Beaver, you have your heart set on business. At the end of the day, Babson College is a very unique and specialized institution. I knew business was what I wanted to study. However, I wondered whether I would get a chance to pursue my other passions from astronomy to French. What do you know, I had the privilege of studying French for three semesters at Babson as well as taking astronomy-related courses for two. And the courses all counted towards my degree. Although Babson College offers a strong business focus, it cultivates well-rounded students by offering a curriculum that offers both business and liberal arts courses. There is something here for everyone.
A couple of weeks after I got my Offer of Admission, I accepted the offer with a firm belief that I am making a right decision. Looking back, I realize that I have come a long way. I have been an athlete at Babson. I have consulted for a multi-billion-dollar sportswear company through Babson. I am an Honors student writing a 100-page thesis which counts towards my degree. I am the president of Babson Business in Asia Association. Submitting that green enrollment agreement was a decision that I have never looked back ever since. All it took was a few signs and a leap of faith.