Julia Taormina

Staying Open to New Opportunities

Julia Taormina ’20 / Pompton Plains, New Jersey

“I applied to colleges without specific professional goals, but I love solving problems. At Babson, I knew I would receive hands-on experience instead of just learning about the business world through a textbook. Also, although I visited 14 colleges, Babson was the only school I felt I would be able to learn about all aspects of business instead of just one specific major.

“Even though I knew it was the right place for me, I was intimidated when I first arrived here. I thought I wouldn’t be considered smart enough, and that I’d be behind my classmates because I didn’t have my own business or a plan for after graduation. What I found is that, although the curriculum is tough, there are always resources available to help you succeed. For example, the faculty here make time to see you, ask about how you are, and really get to know you. I also take advantage of the math resource and writing centers, get peer tutored through the SPARK program, and regularly stop by Glavin and the Center for Career Development. People are always willing to help; all you have to do is ask!

“Another reason I transitioned to college so easily is the school size. Babson is big enough that I will never know everybody here, but I’m always running into the same people around campus and making new friends. I’m also a CWEL Scholar, which has made a huge impact on my Babson experience by surrounding me with confident, independent women who are so easy to get along with. I’m involved in other campus organizations as well like the Babson Outdoors Association, Campus Activities Board, Origins of Necessary Equality, and Pride, through which I can advocate for the LGBTQ community.

“I’m able to take advantage of all of these amazing opportunities because of the financial aid, grants, and scholarships I received. Of all the schools I applied to, Babson ended up being the least expensive, and my parents and I were overjoyed when we realized how affordable it was going to be for me to go here. My financial aid has also allowed me to pursue amazing opportunities off campus, like an elective-abroad I’m taking this summer in France. I have never been to Europe, so I can’t wait for the experience!

“What’s great about Babson though is that you don’t have to study abroad to be exposed to new cultures. I’ve met people from all over the country and around the world on campus, and I’ve learned to understand others in the context of their culture. I see Babson as one giant melting pot, and the diversity here has really opened my mind to other perspectives.”

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