Welcoming the Challenges Ahead
Alex Woodhouse ’15 / Dallas, Texas
“My experiences at Babson have taught me to look at failures as lessons; to take whatever I do wrong and correct it to become successful.”
“When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, I always said a veterinarian; I was inspired by the crocodile hunter (no, seriously).
“A lot has changed since then, but I still want to join an organization that is dedicating itself to building a better world. Eventually, I’d like to lead a business that promotes and creates positive social change. I want to start a nonprofit organization that inspires high school students to proactively serve their communities. Many high school students have talents that go unnoticed, but service can bring these skills out.
“All of that seemed overwhelming until I came to Babson. Because of its global perspective, small classes, and awesome community, Babson became my dream school. My experiences at Babson have taught me to look at failures as lessons; to take whatever I do wrong and correct it to become successful. There is no such thing as fear of failure. As the first person in my family to go to college, I’m glad I chose Babson because of all the resources that are helping me take small steps toward attaining my goals.
“I started volunteering in middle school because I believe everything in life is either life giving or life taking, and I want to make sure all my actions and my words are life giving. At Babson, I’ve had lots of opportunities to give back to the community. Serving as part of College Corps for Cradles to Crayons, teaching entrepreneurship to middle school students in the Wellesley Housing Authority, and volunteering at Friends of the Homeless has made me more thankful for all I’ve been given in life, and I’m even more motivated to give back.
“My service at Babson is enabling me to learn different things about myself and to find new ways to help those in need. Babson has shown me that the best leaders are not always in the spotlight.
“While I still don’t have a one-word answer of what I want to be when I grow up, I know what I want to be doing: changing people’s prejudices and their fear of differences to respect and open-mindedness. And, because I welcome that challenge, I know I’ll overcome it.”