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Manny Whitfield '16

Pursuing What’s Important to Me

Manny Whitfield '16 / Chicago, Illinois

“I have never met so many genuine people in my life who live to see students learn and grow to change the world.”

“I chose Babson for its well-known business program, and in order to start a business you need to have a business foundation. I never really wanted to go to a small school, but when I visited Babson I fell in love with the campus and the people. I knew this college would give me the tools to achieve all of my goals.

“The most important thing I have learned at Babson so far is time management is the door to endless opportunities. It’s how I’m able to stay involved with all the organizations that are important to me here, including O.N.E. (Origins of Necessary Equality), BSU (Black Student Union), and BASO (Babson African Student Organization), while also acting as a mentor at Barton Road, intern for the undergraduate admission office, and a building assistant at Reynolds Campus Center.

“When I graduate, I know my time management skills will be a huge benefit working for a high-end fashion company or boutique, styling models as well as designing clothing. I want to make a name for myself as a fashion designer, and start my own women’s high-end fashion line.

“However, I also want my company to make a difference for my customers. I want to create a lifestyle for them focused around healthy living, and I want the clothes I create to generate excitement when worn. I have a saying, ‘If you eat healthy, you will feel good. Feeling good is a chain reaction to looking good and dressing up to par with how you feel.’ This boosts self-esteem and happiness, and that’s what I want to translate to my customers.

“My experience at Babson has not only encouraged me, but also given me the resources I needed to start developing my business idea. The faculty members have only added to that experience. I have never met so many genuine people in my life who live to see students learn and grow to change the world.”

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