Lily Wu ’18

Finding Inspiration Outside the Classroom

Lily Wu 18 / Acton, Massachusetts

“Growing up, I wanted to be an astronaut. I loved (and still love) looking at the full moon and imagining how amazing it would be to be out in space looking back at E​arth. That same spirit of adventure is what drew me to Babson.

“I never considered myself an entrepreneur before coming here, but Babson has shown me that entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes and do all different kinds of things.​​

“I’m someone who loves new experiences and challenges, and I’ve found both at Babson. Coming in, I received the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) Scholarship, which helped make it possible for me to study at Babson with a close group of CWEL Scholar friends. Through CWEL, I also had the chance to travel to Rwanda​, where I was able to teach entrepre­neurship to university students, consult for a bakery, and tour different N​GOs. I loved the trip, and afterward, it was clear to me that I have a love of traveling, so I conducted an independent research project on Buddhist economics at Srinakharinwirot University in Thailand and studied abroad as part of Babson’s BRIC program in China, Russia, and India. In my junior year, I’m spending a semester at Babson’s San Francisco campus. It is well programmed, and there are great faculty and staff organizing company visits and class topics. I love the cohort experience, because you are able to meet people outside your regular circles on campus who bring new perspectives in discussions.

“I never considered myself an entrepreneur before coming here, but Babson has shown me that entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes and do all different kinds of things.​”

“My extra­curriculars ​have also helped me discover what I’m interested in and want to pursue in the future. In addition to being a part of my awesome CWEL cohort, I’m a Foundations of Management and Entrepre­neurship (FME) mentor and a member of Delta Sigma Pi, which has surrounded me with a group of driven and motivated people who have my back. I’m also the treasurer and​ choreographer of Babson Dance Ensemble (BDE)—I’ve been dancing since I was 6—which gives me a chance to take a break from academics and relax. It’s a lot of work and time, but we all enjoy dancing so much that it’s worth it.​​​

“Although I like to stay busy and be involved, I’ve realized there’s so much to do on campus that it is easy to overcommit to things. Since I can’t actually do everything I want to do, I’ve learned how important it is to prioritize my schedule. I’ve had to decline other events, clubs, and activities in order to make time for the things I need to do and find balance between the academic, extracurricular, and social parts of my life.

“My time at Babson has been shaped by the great mentors and friends who have empowered me and exposed me to new ideas. With their help, I want to explore my interests further and combine them into a career I’m really excited about. So, even though I am considering concentrating in Global Business Management and Technology, Entrepreneurship and Design (TED), it’s not set in stone—we’ll see where Babson takes me!”

Making Connections: Lily and Benny are both in BDE »

Photos of Lily Wu ’18​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​