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Tips and Tricks for First Years

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  1. Spend money! You get student discount now. From Spotify to Amazon Prime, companies across the world sympathised with us quintessentially break college students and are willing to do all they can to make our lives just a little bit easier.
    2. Do all you can to avoid the dreaded freshman fifteen. Even if it means actually doing, you know, exercise. Or worse, eating a salad.
    3. Always go to class. Even 8AM’s. On Mondays.
    4. Find study spaces that suit you! Not all of us can concentrate at Horn, and our noisy
    roommates may make studying in the room an impossibility (hint, hint), so find small
    nooks and crannies around campus where you can focus.
    5. In the generic ‘Tips and Tricks for First Years’ article, there is always at least one line
    about joining clubs. They say to join as many as possible, but since this is Babson and
    we’re filled with overachievers, I’ll say this instead: do those activities that you are truly passionate about. Don’t let yourself get pulled in multiple directions when you really only like one.
    6. Visit professors during office hours. It will be incredibly useful for class and for building relationships so you can ask them to write you letters of recommendation in the future.
    7. Make flip flops your best friend. Never enter a bathroom barefoot. Unless, of course, you want to witness firsthand how quickly foot fungus can make you lose friends.

On social media, Babson alumna becomes “mshappydiet”

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Whether you are afraid of the notorious “Freshman Fifteen,” or are simply looking for ways to lead a healthier life, you have come to the right place. There has been a wild buzz around the concept of “healthy living” for quite some time. But yet most people are still in the dark about what it means and how they can practice it.

May Savita, a Babson alumna, has the answer to our questions with her brand “mshappydiet.” Starting off as just a desire to share her daily life experiences, Ms. Savita’s mshappydiet social media accounts have since educated and inspired thousands, with more than 19,000 followers on Facebook and more than 45,000 on Instagram. Now a certified health coach, a successful TV show host, and an owner of her own healthy-snack product, Ms. Savita has successfully proven that you can indeed do what you love.

So what exactly is healthy living? And how did Ms. Savita come to learn of it? There are many components of healthy living—exercise, meditation and clean food, just to name a few. The definition of healthy living varies between individuals, depending on their circumstances and their goals. Ms. Savita has put great emphasis not only on eating well and exercising, but also on positive thoughts and inspiration. She is a strong believer in the saying that a positive mind leads to a positive body. However, like many others, Ms. Savita initially perceived healthy living as something that is unnecessary for a young and healthy individual. What sparked her interest and research in this field was the desire to shed a few pounds after her years at Babson. After many failed fad diet attempts and many nights of starvation, Ms. Savita has decided to look into the concept of clean eating. Today, her daily diet consists of 85-90% whole foods and plant-based foods, leaving wiggle room of 10-15% for desserts.

Once Ms. Savita has started her research on eating clean, she found many others on social media who have gone down the same path of healthy living and have achieved great results. In creating her own social media site, mshappydiet, Ms. Savita hopes to share her own experiences as well as create a community for people to share their experiences and inspirations. She encourages her social media followers to challenge themselves with programs such as “Oh! No Sugar Challenge,” where she cuts all forms of sugar from her diet for two weeks. Now with her own television show, she will be able to share her inspirations, experiences, recipes, and tips to a national audience.

How can you incorporate some of the healthy living principles to your life? Ms. Savita has taken many small steps to achieve what she perceives as a healthy lifestyle. From a person who knows nothing about cooking, she has become a person who enjoys walking through the supermarket and making her own meals at home. Ms. Savita’s advice on making changes to your lifestyle is to do one thing at a time—do not overwhelm yourself with many changes at once. Start by making small tweaks to how you enjoy your time. For example, are you a person who likes music and usually indulges in that by going to a concert? Why not try joining a spin class such as soul cycle once a week instead of a concert? You might surprise yourself by how much you enjoy it.

Interested in making some positive changes to your life? Check out @mshappydiet on Instagram or Facebook for fun challenges that will inspire you to take care of your physical and mental health.

How to start a club

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Academics are the main focus of any college, but with a strong co-curricular environment, Babson stands firm with 137 organizations, according to the Life@Babson online hub. Year after year, students leave their mark by finding new clubs. Here is the process one must go through to start a club:

Come up with an idea for an organization that would benefit the Babson community.

Find at least five people that share the same interest and will make a commitment to help start the club.

Go to life.babson.edu  > Campus Links > Create a New Undergraduate Organization

a. Fill out a form for a general idea of what your club is about.

b. Find a faculty advisor.

c. Select a President and VP of Finance (or Treasurer).

Wait for an email that says when you will give a presentation to the SGA E-board.

a. This meeting is casual, and generally takes place on Monday at 8:00 pm in the SGA office in Reynolds.

b. Pitch your idea to the E-Board as a presentation.

c. Field questions in the follow-up Q&A.

Wait for their approval.

Students brace for Babson winter

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“I am scared.”

“I am just not ready for this, really.”

“I just want to be warm.”

With so many people at Babson from tropical areas, the sole idea of a harsh, rigorous and pretty much real winter can be frightening—and some students have absolutely no idea how to cope with it. Ask around: winter drama is definitely a thing, and hope for warmth and comfort is increasingly fading as winter is coming.

Earlier this week, some upper-class students from Brazil were going over just how traumatic their first winter at Babson was. “I wasn’t thrilled about the winter since the beginning, and when it started snowing it got each time worse. We had nine snow days and we would barely leave the room,” senior Cassiano dos Santos said. That was one of the coldest winters that Boston has ever had—and apparently this one may be even worse. The Farmer’s Almanac, a reference book that has a long-range weather forecast, bets on an especially cold weather for this apparently wicked winter to come. And we are as scared as it gets.

My room is probably one of the most diverse dorms on the whole campus. One of my roommates is African and Muslim, the other is Asian and Christian, and I am a Jewish white Latina. The three of us come from completely different cultures and backgrounds, but the one definite bonding factor is our complete sensitivity to cold weather, whatever that means. In fact, we are already suffering. Precisely today, I woke up by my roommate frightening stating that “Today will be cold as f***.” You might be wondering, “How cold?” Today, October 16, the temperature went as low as 35 degrees. You can pretty much notice that every morning is a whole new adventure in our room, where one of us will eventually be assigned to check the weather forecast. In that Massachusetts weird climate, every day is a new drama.

One of my dormmates is Korean but was raised in Texas. That may explain why, since day one on campus, she has had a full stock of food—just in case snow eventually prevents us from leaving the building. We, children of the summer, suffer from a mini breakdown every time that temperature is cold enough for us to have to wear a real jacket, and it is already part of our routine to hold our cries every time that someone mentions that we have only one more month of bearable temperatures.

Some may say that cold weather is just an invention of the bourgeois to sell warm clothing to the proletarian, but I can assure you, dear reader, that some of us got a little bit too excited when it comes to warm clothing. “Extreme cold jackets” have already been ordered by overconcerned “Bahama mammas.” The jackets are actually meant for North Canada and Alaska winter, but we may just as well disregard it for the sake of acknowledging our mother’s excessive worries. Some of our moms went as far as creating a “winter kit” (can anyone from Babson actually make a business out of this?). It should pretty much feature Kleenex, NyQuil, Afrin, Strepsils and all those utensils we will not have enough energy to get while winter slowly kills us. What can we say about our mothers? It really is their love that makes us warm.

So, if you are a lovely summer child, know that you are not alone, and don’t forget your vitamins! Fall has officially started, and winter is coming.

Comment below if you have any tips for winter preparations!

Talking Babson over Turkey

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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.

The Appetizers


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)

The Dessert


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.

Millenial voting: Stats, trends, and how to vote

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Graphic by Lydia Stetson

In less than a year, the United States will be electing its 45th president. However, will the elections be truly representative of the population? The statistics say no.

Those between 18 to 24 years of age have a significantly lower voter turnout, meaning they are being greatly underrepresented. This has been the case for decades, and it begs the question: why aren’t young people voting?

One of the biggest problems seems to be that the young feel that they don’t know enough to get involved in the political world. After all, a lot of what is discussed and debated does not have any direct effect on them. Issues like Social Security and foreign policy may not be very high on their list of concerns when they are in the midst of a grueling battle against college debt and struggling to find a job.

Another contributor to the poor voter turnout may be the fact that young adults tend to move around more frequently. As a result, they feel less attached to their community and less motivated to try and make an impact. Voting is also much harder for college students; in order to vote away from home, registering to vote is a chore. In fact, many do not even know how to register if they are attending a college away from their home state. In an attempt to eradicate this problem, here’s a quick tutorial on how to register to vote:

NOTE: Because students can choose to register to vote in either their home state or their college’s state, Massachusetts will be used in the following example.

1. Voting in Massachusetts 

First, register to vote. If your signature is on file with the Registry of Motor Vehicles, you qualify to use the online application to register, update your address, and change your party.

Otherwise, you will need to fill out the voter registration form and deliver it to your local election official, whose address is listed below.

TOWN CLERK
525 WASHINGTON ST
WELLESLEY, MA 02482

2. Voting in your home state

If you are unable to make it home to vote, you will need to request an absentee ballot. Because voting is different in every state, you will have to contact your local government and see what their process is to obtaining an absentee ballot. One you have received it, you can simply fill it out and mail it back to your local election officials.

Wildlife on Campus

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The fact that wild animals live in and around the Babson College campus may come as a surprise to many urban-dwellers or international students who aren’t used to four seasons, trees, or forested areas. The Babson College campus is a great edge habitat for raccoons, squirrels, or other snack-hungry wild animals because it is the boundary of two different habitats: the wooded forest of Wellesley and the human development that makes up our school.

According to “Wildlife in the Suburbs” on the Wellesley government website, wild animals are coming “too close to people and begging for food”.  When people feed wild animals, the creatures lose their fear of human interaction and soon expect handouts from everyone they meet. While playing with these adorable animals, people need to be more careful with it in case they cause legal problems unintentionally. In fact, the town of Wellesley imposes a fine of up to $200 for feeding any wildlife.  

In the past, the town of Wellesley has had problems with encounters between household pets and wild animals.  Animals coming from their forested habitat into the edge habitat of suburbia take advantage of food, trash, or small household pets (yikes!) that have been left outside by accident.  Members of the Woodland dorm community, like myself, agree that there is no shortage of skunks and raccoons playing around near the dumpsters by the Woodland parking lot.  When walking past dumpsters (where they like to hang out), they generally run away when approached.

Here are some suggestions to avoid attracting a raccoon into your dorm at night: Secure trash in raccoon-proof containers, which are easily found around campus.  For the most part, the dumpsters have heavy lids that raccoons cannot open.  Given this, don’t leave the lid open.  Near the Woodland dorms of Babson College, behind Trim, and in many more locations, it could be helpful to put ammonia, bleach, or red pepper on the trash bag in the evening to deter animals at night.  Don’t leave snacks or leftovers on the picnic tables or on the barbecue grill.

Overall, this is a great campus filled with wildlife, but it can quickly become overrun by hungry critters if we’re not careful.  We’re lucky to share such a great space with our abundance of wildlife, but we need to be more careful in the way we are treating them.

Sweet Treats Around Babson

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With so little time and such a tight budget, as a college student, it is easy to push aside fun, dining experiences for a routine visit to the cafeteria. However, it would be a shame not to take advantage of Babson’s close proximity to such delicious food choices. Here are some fun and affordable ways to get out and explore the area with treats that you can’t find on campus.

Yogurtology: frozen yogurt ($5-10)

Located right here in Wellesley, Yogurtology boasts some of the best frozen yogurt around, offering more combinations of flavors and toppings than you could imagine. The abundance of seating and the sleek interior makes for an ideal late night hangout with friends, just a quick drive away.

Recommendation: cookie butter frozen yogurt

Tea-Do: bubble tea ($3-5)

Tea-Do is the perfect place to stop by in Boston’s bustling Chinatown for a bubble tea you will not forget. This funky spot has every flavor of bubble tea you can imagine, like taro and green coconut. While you wait for your drink, watch the whole fast-paced process unfold before your eyes as the baristas mix and shake your order.

Recommendation: Thai iced tea with tapioca pearls

Treat Cupcake bar: cupcakes ($4-6)

Hands down the best cupcakes I have ever eaten are from Treat Cupcake Bar, just a five minute car ride from campus in Needham. The bakery is a bright and inviting space, showcasing a large variety of cupcakes, including seasonal favorites, classic combinations, gluten free and nut free options.

Recommendation: red velvet and bugs bunny

Amorino: gelato ($5-10)

Although Amorino’s small storefront is hard to find, you will not want to miss out on the most delicious gelato and macaroons in Boston. The gelateria is on the pricier side, however, it is well worth the small splurge, given that the ingredients are shipped straight from France. Word of advice: snap an instagram worthy shot before this famous flower shaped gelato melts!

Recommendation: hazelnut and tiramisu flavors

Cafe Nero: sandwiches, coffee, and pastries ($5-15)

In the mood for a quick getaway from the frenzy on campus? Look no further than Cafe Nero, a cozy cafe just down the road. Nero is a great place to study or meet up with friends in order to enjoy a coffee and small treat on one of their many, inviting, plush couches.

Recommendation: cappuccino and zucchini bread

Why Babson Students Are So Not Dateable

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About two years ago, Time Magazine came out with an article stating a belief that we probably all secretly knew, but didn’t want to admit. Babson College students are the #1 most un-dateable.

Paid matchmaking service “The Dating Ring” had conducted the poll by taking 7,500 post-date feedback reports from 1,600 people located in the New York City and San Francisco area. The data collection process spanned over an 18 month period to see which college alumni “served as the most enjoyable dates.”

For a little background information on the dating platform that doomed us all in our future romantic rendezvous (“Oh Babson? Wait isn’t that the school with that Trump incident, AND the most un-dateable alumni?”) The Dating Ring describes their process as “We search through our database of successful professionals to find you the best matches.”

Of course we win the most un-dateable award from a dating service for “professionals.”

When asked their thoughts on the Time article’s outcome, most members of the Babson community were not surprised. Our campus’ hook-up culture, obsession with networking, fixed determination on meeting career goals, and even our “entrepreneurial mindset” surfaced as reasons of blame.

Faculty profile: Craig Ehrlich

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Photo by Tatiana Trauslen

Professor Craig Ehrlich is an Associate Professor of Law, teaching business law to undergraduate and graduate students. Prior to this, he was a practicing lawyer in Chicago and Seoul for fifteen years.

Free Press: How did you come to be a professor?

Craig Ehrlich: I read wanted ads in the Chronicle of Higher Education. I was practicing law at the time. I was overseas and I really wanted to come back to America. I got really tired of being a foreigner and I got really tired of living in the third world too, to be honest. So I wanted to come home—had to do that. And at the same time, I needed a new job. I thought of making a career change because I had been, at that time, a lawyer for fifteen years, and it pretty much sucks. So I subscribed and answered wanted ads and got called in for an interview. That’s how I came here.

FP: Do you like it here?

CE: Most of the time, yes. I would say it’s a lot less stressful. For sure I’m not going to court here and I don’t have to chase clients to get paid the way practicing lawyers or anyone in business does. In that sense, it’s a lot easier and simpler, and therefore less stressful. On the other hand, it’s a lot less adventure because dramatic things hardly ever happen here.

FP: How long have you been teaching?

CE: At the end of this calendar year I’ll have completed 20 full years of teaching.

FP: Would you go back to practicing law?

CE: One—I don’t know it anymore. I know a lot more law than I did when I was practicing. But what you know to practice is different from what you know to teach. One is theory and the other is practice and I don’t know the practical side anymore.

Two—the world still has more lawyers than it needs.

Three—I’m disillusioned with law generally. I have no respect for the institution anymore because we’re so over-lawyered and so over-lawed. There’s regulations and fine print everywhere. Even on the syllabus here at Babson there’s supposed to be fine print now about the rights of the students. I just consider that to be over-regulation. So I don’t want that increase in the amount of law that already exists.

FP: Why did you want to come back?

CE: I wanted to come back from the moment I got there, to be honest. I spent nine years in Seoul and it sucked from day one. It’s a developing country, it’s not American, it’s not happy and friendly, but the work was fascinating. I got onto the world stage through the backdoor. Here’s some little guy who graduated in the middle of his class from a mediocre grad school and suddenly I’m working on cases with the most famous lawyers in the United States. I learned how to be a good lawyer because I had really good colleagues to copy.

FP: Can you talk about an interesting case?

CE: No. There’s only two cases that have the best stories. The stories are so good that I only tell them now in my criminal law class. If I give them away no one would take my class. Got to take my class to hear the stories.

“You’re going to have to work hard in school and on the job. The only way to you can do that is if you love what you’re doing. Pick a subject that you love, and work really, really hard.”

FP: What part of law did you do?

CE: In Chicago I was a litigator and I was doing corporate and commercial cases. I was in court arguing every day. And when I went to Korea I did international business transactions. Both business law, but one in court and one in the office.

FP: Did you speak Korean?

CE: Yes, very bad Korean.

FP: Which one did you like more?

CE: Well, they were each good in their own way and I learned very different things from both. In Chicago I learned how a big city court system works and I learned about corruption, Chicago style. In Korea I learned how the world, as a whole works. So I like them both equally well.

FP: Have you always lived in the city?

CE: I’m just now starting to make my way out of the metro area. I’m hoping next year to be living up in New Hampshire because that’s really where I want to be. I figured, well, I’m old enough now, I’ve sort of paid my dues in life, maybe I’m entitled to do exactly what I want, which is to live really close to the mountains and the forest. That’s where I feel energized and refreshed and I feel right in the world the way you just can’t feel sitting in traffic.

FP: How about hobbies outside of work?

CE: I’m an incredibly dull and boring person. I used to have a lot of hobbies and at this point they’ve all dwindled and become forest work. I used to pursue other athletic activities. I used to do gymnastics and I used to practice judo as a boy. I used to have a coin collection, which is sort of lame. In terms of what I really enjoy doing at home, I love listening to music and I wish I could play a music or sing. I love that more than anything else.

FP: Advice to people who want to go into law school?

CE: It costs a lot of money to go to law school. If you can get into a good state law school, do that.People generally are not satisfied with law as a profession. If you want to be a lawyer, go be a small town lawyer. Get to know your clients and get to know them for a lifetime. Take care of them like a family doctor might and that could be a satisfying, wonderful career. If you want to be a small cog in a big machine and do paperwork and big deals, you probably going to end up hating it like everyone else and I’d say don’t waste your time going to law school.

FP: Any advice to freshman starting out college?

CE: I think a lot of students think it’s all about making connections and networking. That has some value but the advice I would give is to take the academics and classwork seriously. I see a fairly large percentage of the undergraduate population think that this is a social experience and the way to get ahead in business is by making valuable social contacts. My advice would be number one, that’s bullshit. Number two, this is the place to do hard, hard work. And if you can’t do it, you probably shouldn’t be in business anyways.

Now, I’m going to go further than that. I’ll give you the same advice I gave my daughter. I told her this: the middle class is disappearing and that’s a fact. And the world is going to consist of the well to do and those that are living lives of misery and poverty. And it’s important to me, dear daughter, that you’re in the better group and not the worse off group.

The way to do that is to work really, really hard. You’re going to have to work hard in school and on the job. The only way to you can do that is if you love what you’re doing. Pick a subject that you love, and work really, really hard. That was the mistake I made in college. If I could go back it would be to go back with my head on straight, which it was not when I was eighteen years old. And to work like a demon studying and being the very best student I could be.

That’s my one great big regret in life, it was that I was a screw-up for most of my time in college and law school. So my advice to students is that you have a precious opportunity and someone is paying a hell of a lot of money for you to be here, so don’t waste the opportunity by failing to study.