At Babson, NiaChloe Bowman ’19 found a community of inspiring peers and accessible faculty who would help her grow.
Tina Opie, her Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME) professor, is a prime example. An innovative teacher and an accessible mentor, Opie motivated Bowman inside of the classroom and out, guiding her through the Babson experience and beyond, ultimately inspiring her to seize opportunities and unleash her full potential.
Why I Chose Babson
“The way I see it, every day you have opportunities to make decisions that change who you are, and, at Babson, I saw a space and a community that would help me transform and grow. I was so amazed by the stories I heard from Babson students, and I thought if these 18- and 19-year-olds can take advantage of Babson to make these kind of impacts, why can’t I do the same thing?”
A Memorable Babson Moment
“One member of the Babson community in particular who’s been influential for me is Professor Tina Opie. I was the chief marketing executive of my FME business, KUBEK (the Polish word for “cup”), which was a collapsible, BPA-free coffee thermos, but my favorite memory of FME was the first day of class when Tina walked in and smiled at me. I knew from that day on that she would be an important person in my college career and beyond. Having a successful black professor who supports me outside the classroom has left a huge imprint on me. She sees potential in me that I am not always able to see in myself, like when she asked me to interview the CEO of a company she was doing a case study on, and she’s set expectations that I wanted to fulfill for both her and myself.”
What Others Need to Know About Babson
“As a black woman with a single mother who lived in low-income housing for most of my life, I have distinct identities, and, at Babson, I’ve been able to define those identities further without refining who I am as a person. My experience here has motivated me to never forget where I came from, but it’s also helped me understand I don’t have to be limited by the stereotypes associated with the environment I grew up in.”