As graduation approaches, I can't help but think about what I will miss most about the Columbia Business School experience. Without a doubt, it is the classmates I have met that have shaped my experience here. To provide you a glimpse into the diverse and incredibly accomplished CBS student body, I will be profiling a few of my classmates over the next few weeks. They come from a wide range of backgrounds and are pursuing careers across varying sectors post-business school. I hope you enjoy getting to know them as much as I have.
Meet Karen Sohn ’14
Name: Karen Sohn
Hometown: Voorhees, New Jersey
Undergraduate School: University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School: PhD in Materials Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara
Pre-MBA Role: Senior Engineer, Becton Dickinson (Medical Devices)
Summer Internship: Matchstick (Healthcare Consulting)
Post-MBA Plans: Percipient (Healthcare Consulting)
CBS Clubs: Healthcare Industry Association, Women's Touch Rugby, Columbia Women in Business, Marketing Association of Columbia, and the Wine Society
Favorite CBS Memory: It's hard to pick just one. I think business school is a great opportunity to travel with fellow classmates. Traveling with people allows you to know them on a much deeper level and gives a unique shared experience. I have been lucky enough to take many trips during my time at CBS and have visited 4 continents with one of my now closest friends. Places I've travelled while at CBS: Dominican Republic, Chile, Belize, Colombia, Norway, Netherlands, Vietnam, Cambodia, Israel, and Jordan
Personal Interests: I love sports, eating and wine. CBS has clubs for each of these interests that I've joined. The Women's Touch Rugby team introduced me to a new sport and a great group of fun and supportive women. I only wish that I wasn't injured during my first year so that I could've participated even more. The Gourmet Club and Wine Society are fun activities that let me spend time with classmates in a different environment while trying new cuisines and drinks.
Why Business School: I wanted to transitioninto a more commercial role from R&D and needed business fundamentals.
Why CBS: Two of my college roommates had already attended CBS and loved it. I felt that the culture was a good fit for me.
Your first CBS Admissions Event: An event at the Columbia Club for admitted students. I met someone there who is still one of my close friends today.
Advice for incoming CBS students: Business school can be overwhelming if you aren't organized and prepared for all of the events and activities outside of class. Develop some sort of system that allows you to stay on top of academics and everything else so that you know ahead of time when busy weeks will be. This will help you stay less stressed and get more enjoyment out of your time at CBS.
During spring break, I traveled to Jordan with some CBS friends.
We are wearing pink sunglasses to support CBS Women's Week. This is in Wadi Rum.