Developing a Unique Vision
Kamil Altintasoglu ’17 / Craiova, Romania
“When I was a kid, I would watch the Discovery Channel every day and dream of being an astronaut. It’s a big reason Elon Musk is a role model of mine. After he founded and sold PayPal, he used money from the sale to make a difference in the world, founding SpaceX and pursuing his passion for space exploration.
“The scholarship I received gave me the opportunity to come to Babson and be a part of an extraordinary network of international scholars.”
“I want to be an entrepreneur, someone who embodies a big idea, and everything I heard and read about Babson told me it was a perfect place for entrepreneurs. Thankfully, Babson connected me with a great scholarship opportunity offered by Kronospan, a manufacturer of wood-based panels that has factories in my home country of Romania and all over Europe. I applied, interviewed, and got the scholarship. As part of the scholarship, every winter and summer break I intern at different Kronospan locations. So far I’ve already had internships in England and Bulgaria, and both have been amazing experiences.
“It’s only been one semester, but my time at Babson has been a life-altering experience. I am benefiting most from the international environment here. I’m neither Indian nor Greek, but being a part of the Indian and Greek cultural organizations has been an absolutely great way to meet people. Being involved in the investment banking and consulting clubs has also been really important in helping me get accustomed to campus. Who you know in life is of the utmost importance, and the scholarship I received gave me the opportunity to come to Babson and be a part of an extraordinary network of international scholars.
“I also learned so much from my Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship business, BoomCube, which imported iPhone cases that amplified speaker volume. I was in charge of B2B sales, meaning I had to cold call potential customers. It was not something I had experience with, but while I was really uncomfortable at the beginning, I felt much more confident by the end. It’s a great example of how I’ve already grown so much since I came to Babson.”