Arelis Agosto ’18

Embracing New Opportunities to Grow

Arelis Agosto ’18 / Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

“When I first visited Babson’s campus, I knew I had found a welcoming community that would prepare me to take on the world after graduation. I can remember how proud my parents looked on my first day as a student here, and it reminded me of how my acceptance into Babson has given me a special opportunity to accomplish amazing things.

“I served as the president of my student council in high school, and I saw Babson as a place where I could continue to develop as a leader. In my first year, I’ve already been able to assume a management role as the CEO of Toasty Buns, my Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME) business that sells portable, heated stadium cushions. While there have been challenges in distribution, I’ve learned so much about the behind-the-scenes work that goes into a venture of this kind, including how to maximize the efforts of a 14-person team and manage the inevitable interpersonal conflicts.

“I served as the president of my student council in high school, and I saw Babson as a place where I could continue to develop as a leader.”

“I’m also a Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) Scholar. Being at CWEL has allowed me to have insightful discussions on gender and how to empower women through events such as effective communication, negotiation, personal branding, and strategic networking, further strengthen​ing my love of leadership. I’ve found I’m passionate about discovering what m​akes a good leader, and I look forward to continuing to learn about the subject. Beyond CWEL, I’ve found a great community of like-minded women through the Zeta Alpha chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Being a part of this organization has allowed me to meet mentors and make friends that I can rely on during my time here.

“Babson offers you many ways to grow as an individual and pursue your interests​. Since my goal is to combine my deep-rooted interest in business with my enthusiasm for the legal field by becoming an in-house corporate lawyer, I’m currently a member of the Babson Law Society. This organization holds biweekly student debates about current legal situations in the public eye, which has helped me work on my argumentation skills and engage with those who have different perspectives.

“Here, I get to thrive in my own way and be successful at what I love, all while being surrounded by a diverse​ community. My time at Babson has definitely changed my perspective on so many cultures around the world. I’ve been exposed to different beliefs and backgrounds on a daily basis, which has not only given me a newfound curiosity about what is going on globally, but also a greater understanding and appreciation of my own traditions and beliefs.”

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