Experiences of a Babson MBA

Experiences of a Babson MBA

By Sun Dahan and Nicole Lakin


Editor’s note: Sun and Nicole are MBA students at Babson’s Olin Graduate School of Business.

At an average age of 28, the typical Babson MBA student arrives here with a lot of experience. But we are also filled with anticipation and excitement; we are eager to evolve, to grow and to continue to pursue our goals and aspirations, and we think we know it all.

We are all college graduates. Some of us have already completed other graduate programs. Some of us have lists of accomplishments that can barely be contained to a one-page resume. And others have lists of dreams that can barely be contained in a three-slide rocket pitch—but this is why we’re here.

We are from all over the world and right down the street, and although it’s seems like we’ve got it all figured out, we have so much in common.

We are all here for similar reasons, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to smooth sailing. Navigating the pressures of the program impacts everyone differently. Making friends seems to come easier to some than others. And, despite our best efforts, culture differences create barriers that feel impossible to break through —no matter how old you are.

Regardless of age or experience, change is hard. We all struggle in our own ways to navigate the transitions in life as smoothly as possible. But nothing worth doing is easy, and sometimes you question whether it is worth doing at all.

One day, in the office of a professor, I was told that holding back my feelings, my worries, and my questions helps no one.

No matter how silly you think what you are feeling may be, there is someone else who is feeling the same way. So I am here to say: I am stubborn. I am not a quitter. I am sad. I am excited. I am struggling. I am imperfect. I am an MBA student at Babson.