Alfred Schofield MS’16
Co-founder, VitalFit Nutrition
What is your pre-Babson experience?
Before coming to Babson, I attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I previously interned in real estate at Robert Paul Properties.
Why did you choose Babson for your graduate education?
I had always wanted to attend Babson. Growing up, my family had a small business on Cape Cod—we worked to return a community general store to its former glory, and used the building to help showcase other local entrepreneurs. This is where I caught the entrepreneurial bug. At UMass, I studied business management but knew that I wanted to get a more focused understanding of management within the context of the startup world. As I did more research, it turned out that the Babson Master of Science in Entrepreneurial Leadership program was the perfect fit for what I was looking for.
As a student, what did you do when not in class?
The MSEL program was pretty unique in that there were 60 of us there full time, and we took almost all the same classes, so it was really easy to be involved. We played all sorts of club sports; a close friend, Akash, and I also played on a basketball team with MBA students (both on the club level and in some tournaments with other colleges in the region). I was also a student ambassador and loved being able to show prospective students around the campus, and show them the value that I drew from Babson. Finally, I participated in SLIF—basically, we operated like a venture firm would. We found ways to allocate funds and support inspiring student-led activities and initiatives both inside and outside of the Babson community.
What was your favorite part of the Babson student experience?
Two big factors made Babson unique—the empowerment to be creative thinkers and leaders, and the diversity of thought and background throughout the campus. I really loved how connected the professors were to the students. Many of our former professors are our closest mentors to this day. Professors always pushed us to pursue big ideas and to express ourselves through thought and action which has changed my life in so many ways. I also think that having students from around the world with such unique backgrounds and experiences pushed everyone to grow and learn how to work with and understand each other.