A course-by-course guide to explaining Babson at Thanksgiving dinner
Being the smart and astute people that all Babsonians are, we all know that preparation for Thanksgiving is a must. However, while Thanksgiving preparation for typical college students starts and ends with making sure that you come hungry to the big feast, Babson students face an additional task: being prepared to talk about Babson (especially if you’re not from the state of Massachusetts).
Although we all know how awesome and amazing Babson is, not all of our relatives do. If you still don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the scenario:
It’s Thanksgiving Dinner time and you’re ready to dig into all the delicious food on the table… but your journey to this year’s annual food coma is interrupted by your forgetful grandmother/distanced cousin/annoying uncle: “What’s Babson!?”
Just as with any good Thanksgiving meal, you want to make sure you start off your deluge of Babson facts lightly (the basics), then lead into the juicy (and more interesting) details, and end the presentation with a soothing touch.
Here’s a great way to appease your relatives’ hunger for Babson that won’t interfere with your relatives’ (and your) quest for the after-meal glow.
As with any good round of Thanksgiving hors d’oeuvres, you want to make sure that your appetizer of Babson facts are simple but varied. Try these basics:
- Small private business school located in Wellesley, Mass founded by Roger Babson in 1919
- Total size of around 2,900 students (2,100 undergrads and 800 grad students)
- Our mascot is Biz E. Beaver (did you know he’s the grandson of TIM, MIT’s mascot?)
- Three campus locations: Wellesley, Boston (for MBA students), and San Francisco
The Main Course
We all know that the turkey is the centerpiece of any Thanksgiving meal. Just as the turkey is juicy and hearty, you want to make sure that you recite some facts here that will keep your relatives’ attention. After all, your ability to properly execute this part of the meal will play a huge role in whether or not you get asked the dreadful question again next year.
- Every Babson student will leave being able to say that they’ve created and operated a business (through our hallmark FME Program)
- Roger Babson is buried on our campus! Don’t think that’s crazy enough? He’s buried between his first and second wives!
- ETA means something a little different at Babson. It’s not boring “estimated time of arrival;” it’s “Entrepreneurial Thought and Action.”
- By the way, we’ve got some famous alumni:
- Arthur Blank: Co-founder of Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons
- Akio Toyoda: President and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation
- Roger Enrico: Former Chairman & CEO of PepsiCo and former Chairman of DreamWorks Animation
- Daniel Gerber: Founder of Gerber Baby Foods
- Alberto Perlman: Co-founder and CEO of Zumba Fitness
- Remember the guy that bought Google.com for a bit? Yeah, he’s a Babson grad too. (Sanmay Ved)
Oh dessert, the part of the meal that we all know we shouldn’t have. The part of the meal that we don’t really need… at least, that’s what you say until you see the gorgeous pumpkin pie screaming to let it be the pièce de résistance of the entire (and already superfluous) meal. Just like dessert, you don’t really need our rankings and accolades to describe the greatness of Babson. But, come on, why wouldn’t you want to boast about these?
- U.S. News & World Report: #1 Entrepreneurship (19 consecutive years)
- The Princeton Review: #1 Entrepreneurial Program
- PayScale: #5 overall ROI (#1 among all business schools)
- The Economist: #2 for Value, 2015
- Money Magazine: #2 Best College in the U.S., 2015 (#1 in 2014)
How to respond to the eternal question: “What’s Babson?”
With all this great information, hopefully you’re well equipped to properly answer the all-annoying question: “What’s Babson?” If you’re not…you are (I mean, we all had to write an essay to get in). But seriously, if you don’t think you’re ready, just speak on the experiences you’ve had as a Babson student. Trust me, any Babson experience is an interesting one.
Lastly, and most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal! As you conclude your meal, you’ll realize how thankful and blessed you are to attend an amazing institution such as Babson.