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. My teammates picked me up when I was having difficulties and pushed me to achieve more than I thought was possible.
I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to play four years of lacrosse at Babson. As a walk on, there was no guarantee that there would be a roster spot for me. I took a gamble on myself and had to prove every day that I belonged. As soon as I stepped foot on campus and met the coaching staff and everyone on the team, I knew Babson would be a special place. Having teammates from all corners of the country eased my transition and made me feel right at home. The coaching staff passed along messages from alumni, internship and job opportunities, and volunteer activities through Team IMPACT. The bond everyone develops by practicing, studying, hanging out, and having meals together for four years is difficult to describe.
Over the course of my four years, I had the opportunity to challenge myself and step outside my comfort zone throughout the world. To meet new people and strengthen my leadership skills, I decided to become a resident assistant in Coleman Hall as a sophomore and McCullough Hall as a junior. I joined Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society, which recognizes the top 10% of juniors and seniors at Babson based on their cumulative GPA.
Outside of the classroom and lacrosse field, I traveled throughout the world studying abroad three times. I spent time in Tokyo for an elective abroad during the winter of 2017, rotated between Russia, India, and China as part of the BRIC program in the fall of 2017, and was an exchange student at Singapore Management University last fall. Traveling and running into Babson alumni all over the world showed me the power of the global Babson network.
Playing lacrosse for four years and graduating summa cum laude has given me the confidence and skills to kick off my consulting career at Accenture in the fall. I am proud of how much this program has progressed both on and off the field. The pillar of our program is "leave it better than you found it". On behalf of our five seniors, we can say the program is in great hands and are looking forward to following the team's development in the future.