The first in his family to attend college, Oliver Bustos ’24 is always looking for an opportunity.
Through the years, Bustos has started all sorts of businesses. He has repaired cell phones, rented bouncy houses, and sold a slew of products, from sunglasses and charging stations, to phone cases, kiddie pools, and even cars. “I am always looking for an opportunity,” says the resident of Fort Worth, Texas.
Bustos is the first member of his family to not only attend college, but also to graduate from high school. He feels a great responsibility. “At times, it feels a bit stressful,” he says, “but I know I can do it, and I can serve as a role model. I teach my siblings the importance of school. I like to set that example.”
What drew you to Babson?
My friend, Stephano, recommended Babson to me. I would talk to him about my dreams and passions. He showed me Babson on the web. He was like, look at this, one of the best business schools in the country. I ended up applying.
The thing that really sold me was just being around that community, and seeing how diverse it was. I want to learn from others. Different cultures have different perspectives.
One of the biggest things I saw in Babson is the connections. People from Babson are from all over. That’s important to me. I want to travel all over the world. I heard a Babson student saying he had a couch all over the world to sleep on, and I thought, I want to be that guy.
Your latest venture, before starting at Babson, was selling cars. How did that start?
My whole quarantine I spent fixing and selling cars. It started because my sister was looking for a car. She said, “Can you help me find a car?” After that, I thought, I can do this myself. I can buy a car, fix it up, and sell it.
When I buy a car, I go for things I know I can fix. I look for parts at the junkyard or order them online. I get the cars in by Wednesday and try to have them out by Friday or Saturday. I put them on Facebook Marketplace. I have grown a little clientele.
During the summer, I also started selling kiddie pools. I ended up buying 150 pools. They came from Shanghai. I had to find a way to get them here cheap. I used UPS ocean freight to California. From California, they were driven to a UPS facility nearby.
My porch was packed that day they arrived. No one believed I would be able to sell that many. Now, I only have two left.