In the fall of 2020, Babson welcomed the inaugural class of Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership Scholars. Men's track & field's Michael Agard was selected as one of six first-years for his outstanding academic achievements and potential. The inaugural cohort represents the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders who will lead the change needed to solve the world’s most pressing problems.
The final feature in our series highlighting the seven spring student-athletes that have returned to Babson to attend graduate school while competing in their respective sport is written by Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.). A three-year starter at first base for the baseball program, Valente began classes in late August and is enrolled in the Master of Science in Management in Entrepreneurial Leadership program. He is scheduled to earn his degree in May.
Following the cancelation of all NCAA spring sports last March, Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) is one of two softball players that made the decision to return to Babson for graduate school while using her final season of eligibility in 2020-21. Paul, who interned with the Philadelphia Phillies in the summer of 2018 and hopes to work in Major League Baseball, is enrolled in the Master of Science in Business Analytics program. She is scheduled to graduate in May 2021.
The third of four Class of 2020 baseball graduates that has returned to campus to further their education this fall, Michael Nocchi (Manasquan, N.J.) is enrolled in the Master of Science in Management in Entrepreneurial Leadership program. Nocchi, who began his graduate coursework in late August, returned to the field with his teammates for the first practice of the 2020-21 campaign last week. He is scheduled to earn his graduate degree in May.
One of three seniors on last year's women's lacrosse team, Valerie Quinlan (Norwood, Mass.) made the decision to return to Babson and use her final year of eligibility while pursuing a Master of Science in Finance degree in 2020-21. She started classes just over two weeks ago and is slated to wrap-up her post-graduate work in May 2021.
One of four 2020 graduates from the Babson baseball program back on campus this fall, Kingston, Mass., native William Gallagher made the decision over the summer to further his education while using his final year of eligibility on the diamond. Gallagher recently started classes in the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program and is slated to earn his degree in May 2021.
As part of our series highlighting the return of seven spring student-athletes for their final year of eligibility, Babson Athletics recently sat down with softball pitcher Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) to talk about the end of the 2019 season and what led her back to graduate school. Stock began the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program on August 31 and is planning to earn her degree in May.
Today's piece is the first of seven highlighting 2020 graduates that are returning to Babson for graduate school while using their final season of eligibility after all spring sports were canceled by the NCAA last March. Jack Theriault (Tewksbury, Mass.) is enrolled in the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program and is a candidate to earn his degree in May 2021.
Will Cournan feels more comfortable when he feels nerves before a baseball game. There were plenty of nerves when he took the mound on July 7 against the Canton A’s for the Weymouth Shamrocks in Cranberry Baseball League action. It was his first real game action in a long time.
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Forced to return home in mid-March just six games into the start of a promising season, Babson College men's lacrosse rising senior Mason O'Hanlon (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) has played a major role in providing for the community through his work with FarmLink, a grassroots movement started by a group of high school friends in the Los Angeles area to help support farms and food banks during the COVID-19 pandemic
R.J. Parrilla couldn't have asked for a better freshman year of college. Last fall, Parrilla earned a spot in the starting lineup for the Babson College men's soccer team, a highly successful program that has secured 28 NCAA Division III tournament berths and won three national titles in its history.
My name is Scarlet Broderick and I am a rising senior on the Babson women's soccer team. This past semester I studied abroad in Milan, Italy. I knew the time would fly but I did not anticipate my time in the beautiful city of Milan to be cut in half by a global pandemic. Having to cut my four-month study abroad program in half made me truly understand how incredible and rewarding of an experience studying abroad is. It wasn't until I returned home to Middlebury, Conn., that I realized how much I loved living in Milan and how much I missed out on.
My name is Caroline Winicki, I am a rising senior, and I am from Middlebury, Conn. At Babson, I run cross country and track & field. For part of this past semester, I studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. Studying abroad was something I have always wanted to participate in due to the opportunities for cultural immersion and stepping outside my comfort zone. I chose to study in Prague because of its unique culture, central location, and storied history. Going into my program, I knew no one, spoke only a few Czech words, and was relatively unfamiliar with Czech life. Albeit, I stepped onto my plane, more excited than nervous, and flew off to a very different experience than I was expecting.
Not ready to stop playing when Babson College was upset in its conference tournament, Ryan McDougall explored every possible option until he found an opportunity with the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Pensacola Ice Flyers.
Playing for the Babson softball program is an experience I will forever be grateful for. It gave me an amazing community of people that support and encourage each other, along with memories and lessons that I will carry with me throughout the rest of my life. It is hard to put into words everything these past four years have done for me, but my goal is to convey the gratitude and love I have for my time at Babson.
Looking back at my experience at Babson, I would not change a thing. All of the laughs, tears, injuries, and accomplishments during the past four years have made me the person I am today. I met some of my best friends in college, experienced playing in championships with my team, faced and overcame obstacles along the way, and traveled to some places I could have never imagined.
When I made the decision to play baseball at Babson during my senior year of high school, I figured I would be getting the opportunity to continue playing the game I loved while attending one of the best business schools in the country. Never did I imagine I would have been a part of two NEWMAC championships, two trips to the NCAA regional finals, a super regional victory and ultimately reaching the College World Series.
It was my sophomore year and we were getting amped up to play what was always my favorite game of the season - the playoff game against WPI. Tensions were never higher, our cheers were never louder, and neither team ever played harder than in this game.
From the moment I stepped foot on Babson’s campus in my senior year of high school, I knew this was where I wanted to call home for the next four years of my life. For me, growing up just 25 minutes away in Milton made this decision a little bit easier. Having the ability to have my family and friends support me throughout my journey at Babson meant the world to me.
Trying to put a pen to paper to start describing the past four years is anything but easy. Babson has given me lifelong friends, a place to call home away from home, and most importantly a team that has become a second family.
There is nothing that quite compares to that first semester—when you first get to college and everything is exciting and each day feels like the start of a new adventure. At the same time, almost overnight you have been thrown into a completely new environment with so many unanswered questions.
Tennis has always been an integral part of my life, and it has taught me a plethora of life lessons. As someone who grew up competing in tournaments and training after school on a daily basis, it was always a dream of mine to play college tennis.
When I transferred to Babson halfway through my first semester, I had no idea what to expect. I had taken a whole year off of basketball and I was now joining a team in the middle of the season. However, it didn’t take long for the nerves to go away.