Throughout my time at Babson, I have had the opportunity to pursue many passions of mine. Babson students are a community of people with a strong work ethic and desire for self-betterment, partaking in various clubs. Being a Division III student-athlete on the varsity field hockey team gave me the opportunity to balance school and multiple extracurricular activities.
My name is Marissa Madison and I am a second semester junior on the Babson women's tennis team. I am from Columbus, Ohio, and this fall semester I studied abroad for four months in Barcelona, Spain. The time flew by very quickly. Going into the semester, I knew that being away from home for four months would be tough, but also knew that this would help me grow personally. I went into this past semester with a few intentions: to grow personally and professionally, to meet new people, and to make sure that I would not end the experience with any regrets.
I have said this many times before and it may have lost some of its sentiment, but these last four years of Babson volleyball have been the best four years of my life. From meeting lifelong friends to finding my family away from home, this experience has been full of memories and lessons I will never forget.
I distinctly remember the excitement and joy that consumed me four years ago when I received my admission decision from Babson College. I was thrilled to know that after all of my hard work throughout high school, I would finally be able to attend the school of my dreams. I chose Babson because I wanted to learn how to foster my entrepreneurial spirit and become a compassionate, intelligent, and insightful businesswoman (while continuing my passion for running).
Retrospection is quite difficult. In looking back on the past four years of my Babson soccer career, it’s hard to express in words what the experience meant for me. What I do know, however, is that the people I’ve met and the relationships I’ve fostered along the way have been more valuable and rewarding than anything I have ever experienced prior.
My name is Matt Pattyson and I am a rising junior on the men's basketball team. This summer, through one of the programs offered by the honors college, I had the opportunity to study abroad in London. While in London, I spent five weeks as an associate at KPMG UK and three weeks taking classes at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
My name is Jordy Allard and I am currently a rising junior on the Babson baseball team. Over the summer I had the opportunity to return to the Upper Valley Nighthawks and play collegiate baseball for a second summer. The Nighthawks are an organization in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, which college baseball players from all across the country travel to play in.
Being asked to reflect on my experience studying abroad, I don't even know where to begin. I vividly remember boarding my second-leg flight in Miami on February 20th, tears welled in my eyes as my ears search for even the softest murmur of English. Not a soul on that plane was speaking English.
My name is Naomi Oki and I am a rising senior on the women's soccer team at Babson. Coming from Waimanalo, Hawaii, a place over 5,000 miles away from Babson, I never expected to study abroad. Freshman year I was set on staying at the Babson campus for all my four years because I thought that moving across the country was enough of a challenge.
Hi! My name is Avery Tronson and I am a rising junior and outside hitter for the Babson women’s volleyball team. I decided to venture out to Sydney, Australia this summer for a six week internship and Asian Economics crash course.
Hello! My name is Julia Janikies and I am now a senior on the women's soccer team. I have always had a huge passion for discovering the world and knew that studying abroad was something I had to do as a part of my college experience. I also knew that I really wanted to play soccer in college and this was one of the main reasons as to why I decided to come play at Babson, not only for the great education, but also because I knew I would be able to play soccer, as well as go abroad for a semester.
Good teams get the big things right; they hit, field, run, and throw. Great teams get the big things right, but more importantly they do all the "little things" that are often the difference between winning and losing. Some of the "little things" are the result of day in and day out coaching and practice, such as executing a bunt or taking the correct route to a ball. Others are all about each players' attitude and discipline, such as hustling out of the box and communicating with teammates. Coach Noone instills that discipline and attention to detail in his players from the moment they step on campus.
This summer I was accepted into the Arcadia University London Summer Internship Program. This program entails both a study abroad and internship experience which was exactly what I wanted for my summer. I arrived in London on June 2nd and began classes and work two days later on the 4th. I elected to take a 'Contemporary Photography' class and then was required to take a 'Work in Thought and Action' class both lasting three weeks and granting me six credits total. I decided to take the photography class because in addition to exploring incredible photography and historically acclaimed photographers in the classroom, our class was also taken all around London to various art exhibits and musuems; this was the perfect way to pick up photography again and explore the art and history scene in London. My Work in Thought and Action class mainly covered the difference in work and work environment around the world and required an extensive research paper at the end touching on your place of work, what you did for your internship, challenges you faced working there, challenges the company faced, research on those challenges and their potential solutions, and a conclusion about what you learned working there.
My name is Celine Nie from Irvine, Calif., and I am a rising senior on the women’s swimming and diving team. My summer has been far from home but eventful nonetheless. Right after finals I traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel to participate in the Start-Up Strategy elective abroad with other Babson athletes, Jack Lucero and Ellie Bisceglia. During this particular course, I was given the opportunity to consult for a medical device start up with the goal of entering the United States market. We traveled to Holy sites, visited over 10 companies, ate our body weight in falafel, and even participated in an (abbreviated) training with up-and-coming Israeli Defense Force members. Electives abroad have been a great way for me to fulfill my college bucket list without taking time off. After my senior year, I will have participated in three elective abroad courses and these courses are allowing me to graduate a year early.
My name is Stephanie Rodriguez and I am currently a rising senior on the Babson cross country and track & field teams. Over the summer, I had the opportunity to intern at Santander Sugar Group, a sugar mill located in Belmopan, Belize. However, my experience at this company was a little bit different than others because this is my family business and this summer it was my turn to experience working alongside with my family.
I'm Elizabeth Cameron and I am a rising senior on the Babson Volleyball team from El Dorado Hills, California. During the spring of my junior year, I was lucky enough to spend the semester and study abroad in Florence, Italy, and it was truly an incredible experience. Though I missed volleyball and my team, the culture, food, new friends and going abroad for only the second time of my life allowed me to learn and grow in new ways.
All that was asked was to give everything you had. Every ounce of energy, focus, and hustle to become better every day. The discipline exerted by every Babson baseball player made them not just a better player, but a better teammate and a better person.
My name is Kristin Carosotto and I am a rising senior on the Babson women’s volleyball team from East Greenwich, Rhode Island. This past spring I traveled to Florence, Italy to study abroad for what was a very quick four months. Before traveling to Italy, I had a three personal goals that I wanted to achieve during my time there. One, fully immerse myself into a new culture, two, gain knowledge that I may not be able to find at Babson, and three, take advantage of where I was by traveling as much as possible.
Most students in their junior year of college are pretty comfortable with the routine they have adjusted to, and I was no different. In the fall of 2018, I was stuck in the 'Babson Bubble' and needed a change. Studying abroad was my opportunity to not only see the world but more importantly, get out of my routine and to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
My name is Haley Pesce and I am a rising Senior on the Babson field hockey team from Roxbury, Conn. During the spring semester, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy at Syracuse University Florence. Syracuse University in Florence was first established in 1959, however, the main building on campus has been standing since 1892. The university and campus itself have a great history behind it, which was apparent as you walked through the halls- magnificent murals and chandeliers hanging throughout. I had many aspirations going into my study abroad experience, being something that I have looked forward to since high school. I have a huge travel bug that has always made me want to see all areas of the world, become more informed about new cultures, and meet people of different lifestyles. I come from an Italian background, which sparked my interest in Italy, along with of course the food.
While Babson has always had a strong baseball program, I’d be lying if I said that was the main reason I chose to become a Beaver. When I made my college decision, the most important factor was the school and the education that I’d receive through my four years.
Before coming to Babson, I was nervous like how I assume most kids were on their first day of college. I was nervous about getting back in the classroom, meeting new people and fitting in with my team. I had heard horror stories from older friends at other schools.
My athletics career as a two-sport student-athlete at Babson has been unconventional, but it is what made it so special to me. Not many people know this, but I originally only planned to play softball at Babson.
The past four years have been some of the most memorable and exciting years of my life. After focusing most of my athletic time and effort on hockey in high school, I decided that I was going to attend the best business school I could get into. This meant giving up my hockey career, and I initially thought my athletic career might be over.
I’ve tried to forget about the stress of the college search process, but the one thing I remember is my dad asking me why I wanted to play lacrosse in college. My simple response was that it will keep me busy. What I figured out is a verbal commitment to college athletics is the easy part; sticking with it for four years is the challenge.
As soon as I picked up a lacrosse stick in 6th grade back home outside of Seattle, Washington, I knew it was the sport for me. I fell in love with the fast-paced style of the sport, as well as the physicality, toughness, and teamwork skills needed to succeed. Lacrosse taught me to work hard, be organized, and manage my time effectively.
I have learned a significant amount from being a part of the Babson men’s tennis program the past four years. It has certainly been a roller coaster ride throughout my time here, but I wouldn’t trade my experience for anything. I learned a significant amount both on and off the court.
When transferring into Babson my junior year, I was looking at the school for obvious reasons; the academics and the outstanding network that came with a degree from here. What I did not realize was the immense sense of community and shared interest in competition that came with being a student-athlete here.
Growing up, my parents instilled two characteristics into my siblings and me: to work hard and to be kind. I always valued these two traits above any others, but it was not until coming to Babson that I realized the value in trust. Whether it is trust in your teammates, trust in your coach, or trust in the process, Babson field hockey taught me how valuable it is to have trust in someone and to be trusted.