Stepping Out of Comfort Zones
Brian Hickey ’15 / Albany, New York
“My parents have always said to me ‘To whom much is given, much is required.’ I always understood this to mean that if you have certain talents, knowledge, or time, you are expected to use those things to benefit others and not just yourself. I try to live by and respect that philosophy.
“For example, my Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship business MixItMug sold self-stirring mugs and donated all proceeds to Engeye Scholars, a nonprofit that I am involved in that is working to support entrepreneurs in rural Uganda.
“I’m also trying to make an impact globally and locally in other ways. I am passionate about supporting opportunities in education, business, and healthcare in rural Africa. I had the chance to travel to Uganda, Kenya, and Ghana to continue these efforts and explore sustainable business opportunities for local villagers. And, in January 2014, I had the opportunity to travel to Ghana with the Babson team to teach entrepreneurship to high school students.
“Summer 2014 presented another opportunity to gain a new perspective interning in London and studying at the London School of Economics. These experiences abroad increased my awareness of the global business world and different cultures, helped me grow as an individual, and reinforced the importance of giving back.
“I also participate in cross country, track and field, and am a Social Media Ambassador. Joining these organizations has connected me to new people and resources, helped challenge me to be my best, sparked new ideas, and encouraged me to make an impact and allowed others to make an impact on me. I believe I have grown as a person and team member because of these programs.
“Taking advantage of the diverse opportunities offered by the College has been invaluable to me. There are so many great experiences that come from stepping outside your comfort zone and trying something new. You don’t always know where the path will lead you, but the results and the destination make it worthwhile.”