Darren Scheufele MBA’19
Graduate Student, Two-Year MBA
What is your pre-Babson experience?
I earned my undergraduate degree from Middlebury College in Vermont and spent the past four years working for Russell Reynolds Associates, an executive recruitment firm, in the New York City and Sydney, Australia, offices.
Why did you choose Babson for your graduate education?
I chose Babson for its focus on entrepreneurship, access to professors, and commitment to student development. Babson differentiates itself from other business schools with its intense focus on entrepreneurship and its ability to develop successful entrepreneurs. I wanted a program that was unique and could set me up for success whether I decided to start my own business or join an existing company. Also, I did a lot of research when trying to select a business school, including talking to alumni, current students, and professors at various schools. Babson stuck out to me during the recruitment process because the professors were committed to helping students achieve their career aspirations, the alumni were enjoying their post-Babson careers, and the current students were pleased with the quality of the program.
As a Babson student, what do you do when not in class?
I am director of outreach for events and workshops in the Babson Marketing Club, which means I am responsible for bringing companies and industry experts to Babson for Marketing Club events. I am currently in the process of planning a marketing competition to help a local craft brewery market a new beer release. When I am not focusing on the more serious side of business school, I am playing intramural soccer or sneaking off to the ocean for a surf.
What is your favorite part of the Babson student experience?
My favorite part of the experience is the way that everything we do in the classroom is tied back to the real world. In Accounting, I have learned to read and assess a balance sheet, in Data Models and Decisions, I have learned to examine data critically, in Strategy I, have learned how to assess a market for opportunity, and in Entrepreneurship and Opportunity, I have learned how to implement design thinking to generate great ideas. The classes are riddled with real-world applications of business concepts and make us feel that we are not just learning for the sake of learning but we are learning to make us more well-rounded business professionals.