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Joseph Menendez ‘19

Joseph Menendez ’19

Undergraduate Student

“I’ve learned almost as many lessons outside the classroom as within.”
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Why I Chose Babson

I knew Babson was the right place for me the moment I came to tour the school. On that tour, I was excited to learn about the Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME) course and loved how it gave students a preview into many of the different areas involved in running a business. I want to eventually become my own boss, and at Babson I saw myself pursuing that entrepreneurial path while living in a place different from my home in Miami. I’m the first in my Cuban-American family to go to college, and although I have learned that I am more independent and adaptable than I thought coming in, the welcoming community here at Babson has made the transition much easier.

How Babson Has Impacted My Babson Career

I have always been interested in entrepreneurship—specifically within real estate—because of my dad, a real estate developer who constantly drilled financial lessons and advice about running a business into my siblings and me growing up. Through my involvement in the Babson Real Estate Association and the Babson Apprentice Fund, I’ve already been able to expand my knowledge of real estate and finance, solidifying my career interests. Meanwhile, my FME business Babson Botany—we sold succulents and cacti to Babson students and faculty—showed me the importance of working in a team and the many different steps that come before a business can be started.

What Others Need to Know About Babson

At Babson, I’ve learned almost as many lessons outside the classroom as within, and a big part of that is the people I’ve met here. I have traveled abroad several times, but none of those travels compare to the diverse cultural experiences I’ve had on campus. Students from all over the world come to study at Babson, which makes it much easier to learn about a variety of cultures at once. I have been able to see the different ways people from across the globe view the world, but also how similarly focused we all are on becoming entrepreneurs that shape that world through business.

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