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Nadia Mendes ’18

Nadia Mendes ’18

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“The world needs more leaders who are brave.”
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What Piece of Advice Changed Your Life?

A mentor in high school always told me, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” I’ve been blessed with so many opportunities in my life and at Babson, that it’s important to me to always remember the bridge that brought me over and bring others over, too. Winning isn’t as fun if everyone around you isn’t winning as well.

How Has Being a Member of the Babson Community Helped Impact Your Career?

Being a member of the Babson community has taught me that there’s no such thing as a closed door, and has completely changed the way that I approach any situation. Babson has afforded me opportunities that I never thought were attainable: In 2016, I’ve studied abroad in Malaysia, Singapore, Argentina, and Chile. Because of the Babson community, I’ve had the privilege of being immersed in international business and have truly embraced a global perspective, with the ability to communicate in different languages. These opportunities made me bolder, braver, and will always differentiate me from other candidates.

Why Does the World Need More Leaders with an Entrepreneurial Mindset?

The world needs more leaders who are brave. Brave enough to boldly transcend barriers, brave enough to take risks, and brave enough to embrace change with tenacity. As normalities in our world are constantly being challenged and industries are being revolutionized, we need leaders who are fearless enough to do what others lack the mindset to even think of.

What Do Others Need to Know about Babson?

Whenever I tell people that I’m planning to pursue law, they always ask me, “Why Babson?” I always answer, “Why not Babson?” Coming to Babson has truly proved to be a life-changing decision, with an amazing return on investment. You can’t put a price tag on the skills you learn at Babson, and I am better for being a member of such a community. Others need to know about the incubator that raises the most prestigious, courageous, and diverse leaders who are passionate about change.

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