My name is Stephanie Rodriguez and I am currently a rising senior on the Babson cross country and track & field teams. Over the summer, I had the opportunity to intern at Santander Sugar Group, a sugar mill located in Belmopan, Belize. However, my experience at this company was a little bit different than others because this is my family business and this summer it was my turn to experience working alongside with my family.
I'm Elizabeth Cameron and I am a rising senior on the Babson Volleyball team from El Dorado Hills, California. During the spring of my junior year, I was lucky enough to spend the semester and study abroad in Florence, Italy, and it was truly an incredible experience. Though I missed volleyball and my team, the culture, food, new friends and going abroad for only the second time of my life allowed me to learn and grow in new ways.
All that was asked was to give everything you had. Every ounce of energy, focus, and hustle to become better every day. The discipline exerted by every Babson baseball player made them not just a better player, but a better teammate and a better person.
My name is Kristin Carosotto and I am a rising senior on the Babson women’s volleyball team from East Greenwich, Rhode Island. This past spring I traveled to Florence, Italy to study abroad for what was a very quick four months. Before traveling to Italy, I had a three personal goals that I wanted to achieve during my time there. One, fully immerse myself into a new culture, two, gain knowledge that I may not be able to find at Babson, and three, take advantage of where I was by traveling as much as possible.
Most students in their junior year of college are pretty comfortable with the routine they have adjusted to, and I was no different. In the fall of 2018, I was stuck in the 'Babson Bubble' and needed a change. Studying abroad was my opportunity to not only see the world but more importantly, get out of my routine and to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
My name is Haley Pesce and I am a rising Senior on the Babson field hockey team from Roxbury, Conn. During the spring semester, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy at Syracuse University Florence. Syracuse University in Florence was first established in 1959, however, the main building on campus has been standing since 1892. The university and campus itself have a great history behind it, which was apparent as you walked through the halls- magnificent murals and chandeliers hanging throughout. I had many aspirations going into my study abroad experience, being something that I have looked forward to since high school. I have a huge travel bug that has always made me want to see all areas of the world, become more informed about new cultures, and meet people of different lifestyles. I come from an Italian background, which sparked my interest in Italy, along with of course the food.
While Babson has always had a strong baseball program, I’d be lying if I said that was the main reason I chose to become a Beaver. When I made my college decision, the most important factor was the school and the education that I’d receive through my four years.
Before coming to Babson, I was nervous like how I assume most kids were on their first day of college. I was nervous about getting back in the classroom, meeting new people and fitting in with my team. I had heard horror stories from older friends at other schools.
My athletics career as a two-sport student-athlete at Babson has been unconventional, but it is what made it so special to me. Not many people know this, but I originally only planned to play softball at Babson.
The past four years have been some of the most memorable and exciting years of my life. After focusing most of my athletic time and effort on hockey in high school, I decided that I was going to attend the best business school I could get into. This meant giving up my hockey career, and I initially thought my athletic career might be over.
I’ve tried to forget about the stress of the college search process, but the one thing I remember is my dad asking me why I wanted to play lacrosse in college. My simple response was that it will keep me busy. What I figured out is a verbal commitment to college athletics is the easy part; sticking with it for four years is the challenge.
As soon as I picked up a lacrosse stick in 6th grade back home outside of Seattle, Washington, I knew it was the sport for me. I fell in love with the fast-paced style of the sport, as well as the physicality, toughness, and teamwork skills needed to succeed. Lacrosse taught me to work hard, be organized, and manage my time effectively.
I have learned a significant amount from being a part of the Babson men’s tennis program the past four years. It has certainly been a roller coaster ride throughout my time here, but I wouldn’t trade my experience for anything. I learned a significant amount both on and off the court.
When transferring into Babson my junior year, I was looking at the school for obvious reasons; the academics and the outstanding network that came with a degree from here. What I did not realize was the immense sense of community and shared interest in competition that came with being a student-athlete here.
Growing up, my parents instilled two characteristics into my siblings and me: to work hard and to be kind. I always valued these two traits above any others, but it was not until coming to Babson that I realized the value in trust. Whether it is trust in your teammates, trust in your coach, or trust in the process, Babson field hockey taught me how valuable it is to have trust in someone and to be trusted.
When asked to write a reflection about my time as a Babson athlete, I struggled to decide on what part of my career to focus on. There are so many amazing things I took from my time on the cross country and track teams, but when it all boils down there is one attribute that I am thankful for above all else: grit.
Babson volleyball provided me the opportunity to learn to love a sport again. Reflecting back on my three years at Babson, I often wonder what kind of person I would be without having played for this program.
Coming into the preseason my freshman year I didn't really know what to expect, other than I was going to have to keep my head down and work hard to earn a spot on the team. I was nervous to be at the bottom of the food chain again, but was beyond excited to compete at the collegiate level and meet my new teammates.
It’s taken me four years to fully understand, and I’m sure I’ll appreciate it more as I grow older and am an alum, but I’ve learned that Babson hockey is not just four years of your life. It’s much more than that.
As I entered my freshman year at Babson, I was filled with anticipation and excitement surrounding the countless learning opportunities I would soon experience. What I didn’t expect, though, was that some of the most important lessons I’d gain throughout college would come from varsity athletics, and that many of those lessons would be more valuable than anything I could have gained in the classroom.
As I returned back to campus this fall, I had one thing on my mind and that was winning a NEWMAC championship. I had high hopes for my team. We were veteran heavy and returning 13 players from the previous year, when we went 18-9 overall. My teammates and I all shared the same goals and knew getting to where we wanted to be was not going to be easy.
I frequently reflect on my red-eye flight to Babson the night before move-in: August 27, 2015, United flight 1976 from Phoenix to Newark, and then a quick hop from Newark to Boston the morning of August 28, move-in day. I did not swim in high school, but was a swimmer for most of my childhood before taking four years off from the sport.
The biggest thing I learned from playing volleyball at Babson College was how to embrace the struggles that life throws at you. A consistent theme that Coach Neely preached throughout my three years with the program was having to “deal with adversity”, whether it be manufactured intentionally or having occurred naturally.