Ben Tang ’15

Applying Skills in Everything

Ben Tang ’15 / Singapore

“Before I came to Babson, I was commissioned as an officer in the Singapore Armed Forces. With the surge in drone technology and unmanned vehicles, I realized that there was an opportunity in robotics for the defense industry.

“My peer mentor at Babson really helped me; now, as a peer mentor myself, I’m able to help younger students in the same way.”

“I chose Babson because I felt like I would learn not only basic business skills, but how to lead and effect change through innovation.

“As a student here, I’ve been able to explore my passions while developing my future career path. I’ve completed concentrations in both Business Analytics and Quantitative Methods, but I’ve still had time to serve as a contributing writer for Elite Daily on behalf of Babson and share my love of cars with my friends here through the Babson Auto Group. I also took advantage of the Babson/Olin/Wellesley Three College Collaboration to receive my Certification in Engineering Studies from Olin College of Engineering, and I now have a full-time job at Akamai Technologies.

“I’ve had many other opportunities to practice leadership skills at Babson. I was on the Class of 2015 Steering Committee, and served as the executive vice president of the Student Government Association (SGA) and the president of Babson Model United Nations. I also founded the first professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, on campus. I’m proud that some of my actions on campus will leave a legacy for future Babson students.

“In addition, I was accepted into the Babson’s Peer Mentor program in my sophomore year. Peer mentors help run the First-Year Seminar (FYS) classes and take a group of students through orientation and their first year at Babson. As an Army officer, I appreciated the opportunity to mentor soldiers in my command, and my mentor at Babson helped me learn how to schedule my time and find the right resources on campus. Now, as a peer mentor myself, I’ve been able to help new students in the same way.

“And if that wasn’t enough, I’m also a member of the Babson Dance Ensemble (BDE), which is actually the largest student-run organization on campus with more than 60 members. At Babson, I feel I can do it all.”

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