Kirby Eckels: Becoming a Competitive Applicant for Business School

Kirby Eckels: Becoming a Competitive Applicant for Business School

A student at Barnard College studying Psychology and English Literature, Kirby Eckels completed the Business Edge program during summer 2017 to prepare for life after school and to gain an insight into the world of business.

What drew you to the Business Edge program?

As a liberal arts major, I’ve gained invaluable critical thinking, reading, writing and researching skills, but I did not know how to translate those skills into business acumen. I’m considering a career in finance or law, so I wanted to become comfortable with the language and concepts of business in order to have confidence in interviews and networking events and career fairs. I’m also considering an MBA down the line, and this program seemed like a good way to get a taste for what that might entail.

Business Edge is a great way to get a taste of what an MBAs might entail, and prepare for a career in business.

How do you hope to utilize the skills you’ve gained from the program?

I’m hoping to use my Business Edge experience to be a more competitive applicant when I interview in the fall. I am an English and Psychology major interested in finance and law, and other applicants have had years of economics or business education before applying. After taking this program, however, I feel confident about my ability to speak and think in terms of business now that I have a basic understanding of accounting, finance, marketing, and leadership.

Why would you recommend the program to others?

I would recommend the program because it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn from excellent professors at Columbia Business School, to network with bright peers from across the country and the world, and to gain an insight into the fundamental components of business. It’s also a great way to learn about MBAs and prepare for a career in business.