Zeke Zabinski initially considered bigger colleges, but after visiting Babson’s campus, he discovered that only the classes felt small about Babson. These are classes where everyone participates, and where the professors are always available to meet outside of class.
Zabinski talked to us about how, during the course of his four years at Babson, he expanded his horizons. He would develop the skillset he’d need to become an entrepreneur like his dad, but he also would gain new perspectives by interviewing prospective undergrads from around the world, all while making lasting friendships with students of very different backgrounds from his own.
Why I Chose Babson
“I’ve always had the idea of owning my own business someday, and it’s because of my dad. When I was young, he quit his job and bought a tractor-trailer rental and repair shop even though he knew nothing about tractor-trailers. I could tell how happy he was with the freedom that came from being his own boss, and it really left an impact on me. So, even though I loved baseball and imagined going pro as a kid, I came to Babson to learn to be an entrepreneur.”
How Babson Has Impacted My Career Development
“I realized after my freshman year that I don’t need to concentrate in entrepreneurship to learn how to think like an entrepreneur—entrepreneurial thinking was integrated into all my classes. I see the goal of entrepreneurship as trying to solve problems in the most effective way possible, and by
concentrating in accounting and finance, I developed skills that can help me calculate and consider the risks I will take as an entrepreneur.”
What I’ve Learned About Myself at Babson
“Before I came to Babson, I would have described myself as a hard-working athlete who mostly stayed in my comfort zone and kept to my close group of friends. But, being at Babson encouraged me to try new experiences. While I enjoyed my two years playing
varsity baseball, after I left the team I made sure to take advantage of all the opportunities available to me before I graduated. Transitioning from athletics into my job as an admissions fellow was very rewarding. I felt focused having a job on campus, and working in admissions made me better understand what I hoped to get out of Babson and how lucky I was to be there. I got to talk to prospective students who have worked hard their entire lives to be in the position I was in, and hearing from them reminded me to not take anything for granted.”