Wait, I’m a second year? Reflections on my first year at CBS!
Ted Kirby '14
Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 9:45am

Recently I received an email from Columbia’s office of student affairs (OSA), congratulating me on finishing exams….and announcing that I was officially a second year. 

My first thought was that I must have passed Capital Markets – made possible only by my amazing tutors, patient group members, and divine intervention – but my second was of sadness.  It felt like only yesterday I was learning cluster chants at orientation, meeting my learning team, and attending my first happy hour.  How was it already half over?

It made me reflect on what an amazing year I had – the many highs, a few lows, and all the great people I met along the way.  I thought I would share a few of those experiences below:


I’ll be honest, I was a little skeptical of the dancing banana and the singing can of spam on the steps of Uris hall my first day of business school.  However, I soon learned that orientation was more akin to summer camp than a stuffy office meeting.  The atmosphere allowed everyone to let their guard down a little, and get to know each other.  During that time I became especially close with my Cluster and now count them among my best friends.


Business school is not all rainbows, sparkles, and unicorns – we are here to get jobs after all.  Though securing a summer internship seemed like a never-ending series of info sessions, coffee chats, cocktail hours and interviews it was an overall great experience.  It forced me to really think about what I wanted to do with my career, and the path I wanted to take to get there. After all of the hard work I found the internship that is right for me and am spending my summer at Deloitte Consulting.

Learning Team

Really, these people were critical to me getting through first year of business school.  Not only were they super smart and organized, but also great to hang out with.  Our motto was ‘the most efficient learning team ever,’ due to our ability to quickly ‘divide and conquer’ assignments and avoid weekend work.


One of the great perks of Columbia Business School (CBS) – and business school in general – is time-off.  Over winter break, I traveled to Thailand and Vietnam with my boyfriend and a few friends from CBS.  Not only was it an amazing cultural experience, but it also brought us closer together as classmates.  Don’t sit at home for a month over break – go see the world!


CBS students are always looking out for each other and are there to support you in good times and bad.  What really solidified this for me was the flash mob the second years put together to wish us good luck on exams (link here).  I mean, who plans an entire flash mob just because they like you? CBS students, that’s who! #whycbs


hi Ted..i am planning on applying to cbs this fall for the class of 2014. would love to connect with you to know and understand more about the school and the course. you can mail me at raj_rvg@hotmail.com

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