Niachloe Bowman ’19
Why I Chose Babson
The way I see it, every day you have opportunities to make decisions that change who you are, and, at Babson, I saw a space and a community that would help me transform and grow. I was so amazed by the stories I heard from Babson students, and I thought if these 18- and 19-year-olds can take advantage of Babson to make these kind of impacts, why can’t I do the same thing?
A Memorable Babson Moment
One member of the Babson community in particular who’s been influential for me is Professor Tina Opie. I was the chief marketing executive of my Foundations of Management and Experience (FME) business KUBEK (the Polish word for “cup”), which was a collapsible, BPA-free coffee thermos, but my favorite memory of FME was the first day of class when Tina walked in and smiled at me. I knew from that day on that she would be an important person in my college career and beyond. Having a successful black professor who supports me outside the classroom has left a huge imprint on me. She sees potential in me that I am not always able to see in myself, like when she asked me to interview the CEO of a company she was doing a case study on, and she’s set expectations that I wanted to fulfill for both her and myself.
What Others Need to Know About Babson
As a black woman with a single mother who lived in low-income housing for most of my life, I have distinct identities, and, at Babson, I’ve been able to define those identities further without refining who I am as a person. My experience here has motivated me to never forget where I came from, but it’s also helped me understand I don’t have to be limited by the stereotypes associated with the environment I grew up in.