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The Personal Statement

Examples and advice from current students

When you apply to Babson via the Common Application or the Babson Application, you will be asked to write an essay responding to ONE of these seven prompts:​

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or would like to solve. It can be any challenge, query, or dilemma that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution (slightly revised from The Common Application prompt).
  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

We’ve collected several essays from previous classes to serve as examples that will help you as you share your unique stories. We’ve also asked these students to share their advice with you as your prepare your essays.

Demi Chu

Demi Chu ’20, Taipei, Taiwan

“When it comes to defining yourself, no one knows you better than yourself, so don’t be afraid. You don’t have to package yourself into an ideal student, because there isn’t one; you just have to tell them who you are.”​
Read Demi’s essay »

Angellica Diaz

Angelica Diaz ’20, Northridge, California

“More often than not, seemingly insignificant events or experiences can best exemplify your passions and personality. Instead of just asking ‘how’ an event has shaped your life, try asking ‘why’ you have become the person you are today.”
Read Angelica’s essay »

Oussama Ouadani

Oussama Ouadani ’20, Cambridge, Massachusetts

“If your essay is taking you a while to write: stop. Your brain is letting you know that you have selected the wrong topic to write about. The essay should flow, from your mind to your fingertips, with ease.”
Read Oussama’s essay »

Zachary Sheenan

Zachary Sheehan ’20, Maine

“My advice to prospective students is to really think about what your application is missing—​what you can write about that brings personality to all the parts the evaluators have in front of them. The essay is your chance to give evaluators some insight of who you are not only as a student, but as a person.”
Read Zachary’s essay »​