The classmates I have met at Columbia Business School (CBS) have shaped my experience. This entry is part of a series of posts to provide you a glimpse into the diverse and incredibly accomplished CBS student body. I hope you enjoy getting to know them as much as I have.
Meet Claisian Phillips ’14
Name: Claisian Phillips
Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas
Undergraduate School: Spelman College
Pre-MBA Role: Marketing Strategy for SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Summer Internship: The Walt Disney Studios
Post-MBA Plans: Marketing or Corporate Strategy for a media or technology company
CBS Clubs: The Hermes Society, Black Business Students Association, Columbia Women in Business, Media Management Association, Marketing Association of Columbia, International Development Club, Innovation + Creativity in Business Society
Favorite CBS Memory: Hard question! I've had so many amazing CBS experiences. If I had to choose one favorite memory, it would be when I traveled to South Africa with the African Business Club. Not only did we travel to a beautiful country with a rich cultural heritage, traveling together allowed my classmates and I to share countless memorable experiences. My friends and I still laugh at some of the crazy nights in South Africa!
Personal Interests: My absolute love is performing arts. I started studying ballet, tap, and jazz when I was three years old and pretty much rehearsed or performed every day of my life until I graduated from college.
Why CBS: The community, the clubs, the resources, New York City, CBS is literally the best of ALL worlds. I love how CBS leverages the New York City location through master classes, adjunct professor, in-class speakers and semester internships. You also can't beat the international makeup of our student body.
Your first CBS Admissions event: My first CBS Admissions event was an info session in Uris Hall. I was so nervous; I had no idea what to expect. My nerves were completely unwarranted. The Admissions team was so welcoming and informative and the students were happy to answer all my questions. When I left the event I made the decision to only apply to Columbia Business School. It was a crazy decision, but ultimately I knew I didn't want to attend any other business school.
Advice for incoming CBS students: Stay focused, business school moves at warp speed and without a clear sense of your goals, it's easy to get lost.
The Black Business Students Association (BBSA) Gala and My Cluster