Zeke Zabinski ’18

Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

Zeke Zabinski ’18 / Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

“I’ve always had the idea of owning my own business someday, and it’s because of my dad. When I was young, he quit his job and bought a tractor-trailer rental and repair shop even though he knew nothing about tractor-trailers. I could tell how happy he was with the freedom that came from being his own boss, and it really left an impact on me as a kid. So, even though I loved baseball and imagined going pro as a kid, I came to Babson to learn to be an entrepreneur.

“What I realized after my freshman year was that I don’t need to concentrate in entrepreneurship to learn how to think like an entrepreneur—entrepreneurial thinking is integrated into all my classes. I see the goal of entrepreneurship as trying to solve problems in the most effective way possible, and by concentrating in accounting and finance. I’m developing skills that will help me calculate and consider the risks I will take as an entrepreneur.

“I initially was considering bigger schools because I had gone to a small private school my whole life, but after visiting Babson’s campus I found it didn’t feel small at all. What is small though are the classes, and it makes a huge difference. Participation affects your grade in almost every course, meaning professors really want you to go to class and share your thoughts. They are also always available to meet outside of class if you need any extra help. My professors aren’t just phenomenal teachers with real-world experience—they know who you are and care how you do.

“Working in admissions has made me better understand what I hope to get out of Babson and how lucky I am to be here.”

“Before I came to Babson, I would have described myself as a hard-working athlete who mostly stayed in my comfort zone and kept to my close group of friends, but being here has encouraged me to try new experiences. While I enjoyed my two years playing varsity baseball, now I’m trying to take advantage of all the opportunities available to me before I graduate. I’ll do intramural sports and yoga on campus, but I also have gone off campus to see a Patriots game, go surfing and snowboarding, and take a weekend trip with one of my best friends to her hometown of Montreal. I’ve become friends with many international students here, and it was such an awesome experience to see her culture and where she grew up.

“Transitioning from athletics into my job as an admissions fellow has been very rewarding. I feel focused having a job on campus, and working in admissions has made me better understand what I hope to get out of Babson and how lucky I am to be here. I get to talk to prospective students who have worked hard their entire lives to be in the position I am in, and hearing from them reminds me to not take anything for granted.”

Making Connections: Zeke and Owen were teammates on Babson’s varsity baseball team »

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