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Abby Vargas '15

Succeeding in the Face of Adversity

Abby Vargas '15 / Dallas, Texas

“In the part of Dallas I grew up in, only a fraction of the Hispanic students graduate from high school. In my family, only my sister and I have accomplished this, and walking across that stage was one of the best feelings of my life.

“Before Babson, I never saw myself traveling abroad, presenting in a suit to the VPs of PUMA, or learning Korean. Now, I’ve accomplished all that and more!”

“I can’t wait to relive that moment when I graduate from Babson, and a main reason I have that opportunity is because of the Enrico Dallas Scholarship. I absolutely fell in love with Babson when I first visited campus, but without my scholarship, I’m not sure I would’ve ever made it to college.

“I overcame many obstacles to get to Babson; failure was not something I allowed to happen. However, since I came here, the most important thing I have learned is that it’s OK to make mistakes. When I faced difficulties in my Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship business Stamp Out Suicide—an organization dedicated to raising awareness for suicide prevention—I realized that, while a mistake is not a step toward the correct solution, it is a step away from the wrong one. Thanks to that mindset and the remarkable people on my team, working on my FME business was an amazing experience that sparked my interest in consulting and problem solving.

“Growing up, I was obsessed with the Food Network channel and wanted to become a chef. I realized at Babson that what I really love about cooking is seeing people’s reactions as they taste something completely new. I’m drawn to innovation and strategy consulting for a similar reason. I hope to deliver original, innovative ideas to my future clients and see that satisfaction on their faces when it brings them success.

“As I pursue my career with this goal in mind, the Center for Career Development has been great in helping me build my résumé and hone my interviewing skills, as well as connecting me with my current internship. Beyond CCD, my work in several positions on campus has required me to develop the people skills that will serve me well going forward in my job hunt.

“Before Babson, I never saw myself traveling abroad, presenting in a suit to the VPs of PUMA, or learning Korean. Now, I’ve accomplished all that and more! Today, thanks to Babson, I have a vision of what I want to come true. That vision, ever since stepping foot on campus as a first-year student, includes being able one day to purchase a home for my mother. Throughout my time here, she has been a constant source of support, and I would love to be able to return that support and help her secure her future.”

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