April Chen ’19
Why I Chose Babson
I vividly remember the first time I knocked on my RA’s door. I came into her room as a nervous first-year student, unsure about whether I had made the right decision coming to Babson, and shyly asked about her concentration in Social Entrepreneurship and Design. I left with a paper scribbled full with inspiration and an unfolding sense of love and ownership toward my new school. She, as well as many other leaders at Babson, made me realize that this school was where I wanted to be.
How Babson Has Impacted My Career Development
I grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong, where the environment is more traditional and risk-averse, but, at Babson, I found an empowering community that freed me to pursue my true interests and supports me even as it pushes me to reach new heights.
When I came to college, I wanted to further mesh my interests in design and entrepreneurship. Right away, I began developing a business idea with other Babson students which, by connecting designers and engineers, aimed to build solutions for small business in emerging economies through ‘jugaad’ (frugal innovation). We ended up being selected as a 2016 regional finalist for the Hult Prize (given to young social entrepreneurs), and what really stood out to me was the support we got from professors, the team at the Lewis Institute, and Babson alumni.
What Others Need to Know About Babson
So far in my college career, my mind has been expanded through my exposure to new perspectives. This happens through classes that revolve around issues of justice, inequality, race, and culture. But, when it comes to these topics, it also makes such a difference to have students of different ethnicities and backgrounds voicing their experiences. Babson provides a space for me, through listening and sharing my own stories, to develop personal connections that go beyond my intellectual understanding of other cultures.