Joseph Menendez ’19

Exploring a Home Away From Home

Joseph Menendez ’19 / Miami, Florida

“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 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. My parents never pursued higher education because they began working immediately, but they are some of the smartest people I know and have played a huge role in shaping my business goals. Also, watching shows like Shark Tank and Flip or Flop showed me how anyone could be an entrepreneur and further added to my interest in business and real estate.

“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.

“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.

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.”

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