The classmates I have met at Columbia Business School (CBS) have shaped my experience. This entry is a 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 Charlotte Ng ’14
Name: Charlotte Ng
Hometown: Hong Kong and Bay Area, California
Undergraduate School: NYU
Pre-MBA Role: Investment Analyst at a Mutual Fund, Equity Research
Summer Internship: MasterCard
Post-MBA Plans: MasterCard Management Associate Program
CBS Clubs: Small Business Consulting Program, Columbia Women in Business, Hermes Society
Favorite CBS Memory: I went on an unforgettable trip to Greece as part of the Chazen program during my first year. It was an incredibly educational trip that took us to the heart of the Eurozone crisis, where we met with senior government officials, including the Prime Minister, and prominent business leaders to discuss the political and economic impact of the crisis on the country, and the road going forward. We also had the chance to enjoy the local culture, history, and cuisine.
Personal Interests: I love to travel internationally. Like many MBA students, I took advantage of the winter and spring breaks to travel abroad, and took a Global Immersion Program class on India which let me spend time there. Outside of school and traveling, my interests include reading and art (pencil and charcoal drawings).
Why Business School / CBS: I decided to pursue an MBA to change my career track to management / strategy. I also wanted the time to develop myself professionally and personally, and to expand my network. For me, CBS was an excellent option given its location in NYC, its diversity, and the wide range of opportunities it offers. The benefits I received from being at CBS have far exceeded my expectations.
Your first CBS Admissions event: I was living in Hong Kong at the time and attended a local information session and a small admit-breakfast hosted by the current Assistant Dean of Admissions. The fact that CBS was traveling globally to recruit students convinced me that the school really focuses on international diversity, a feature that I care tremendously about.
Advice for incoming CBS students: It’s great to have goals coming into business school, but it’s just as important to enjoy the ride and let yourself be transformed by the experience.
Meeting with Antonis Samaras, Prime Minister of Greece, during the CBS Greece Chazen trip in March 2013. #CBSatthecenter