Building the Skills to Manage It All
Paris Ekman ’17 / Fargo, North Dakota
“In high school, I was known as the 'the girl who does everything.' Not much has changed now that I’m at Babson.
“Being a dual-varsity athlete, Fraternity and Sorority Life member, scholar, and the only student at Babson from Fargo, North Dakota, makes me unique.”
“I am a
Presidential Scholar, a member of the Varsity
Swimming and Diving and
Track and Field teams, and a member of the sorority,
Chi Omega. During my first year at Babson, I was the VP of HR/Communications for my
Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME) business and I traveled to Africa to
teach entrepreneurship to high school students. If you think the number of activities I am involved in is insane, you wouldn’t be the first person!
“I took a risk by moving across the country to attend college, but it has opened my eyes to so many opportunities I wouldn’t have had at home. I was attracted to Babson because of the
small class sizes, opportunities to get to know the faculty and staff, and chances to get involved in as many
activities as I could. Babson is the real thing. Every other business school that I learned about talked about how they 'simulated' business experience, but at Babson you actually get hands-on experience in your first year during FME and every class I’ve taken so far is directly applicable to my
“I have learned that I thrive under pressure and that I have excellent time-management skills. Everybody is different, but I find that the less time I have, the more efficiently I use it. Despite my various practices, meetings, and events, I still have time for my studies and for a social life. While not every Babson student uses their time like I do, there is
something to fit everyone’s interests.
“This past year, I was lucky enough to travel to London to visit a friend
studying abroad and to backpack around Italy with one of my sorority sisters.
Hearing about their experiences inspired me to go on my own adventure abroad in Barcelona, Spain during for the upcoming fall semester. I am excited to take classes in business and culture, study Spanish, and live with a Spanish host family.
“Babson has provided me with so many opportunities that I would’ve never dreamed of, and, through taking risks, I’ve learned that there really are no boundaries to what you can do.”