Why did you choose Columbia Business School?
With a career goal of becoming a buy-side analyst, I cannot think of a better school than Columbia Business School, where topics such as fundamental analysis and value investing are emphasized in its programs. And since I come from an accounting background, the MSAFA program seems to fit my need.
What has been your favorite part of the MS experience so far?
What I enjoy most so far is definitely the people in the program. The MSAFA’s academic class profile is pretty diverse compared to a traditional accounting graduate program. Also, people come from many wonderful undergraduate institutions with unique backgrounds. Being surrounded by a diverse group of peers helps me learn a lot, both academically and professionally.
What is it like going to business school in New York City?
Studying business in NYC allows students to have access to almost all of the prominent financial institutions, which provides incomparable convenience when it comes to networking opportunities and internship opportunities.
Any favorite courses so far?
In terms of the core program, I like the course “Introduction to Econometrics and Statistical Inference” because Professor Jing Dong has a very clear teaching style, and this course serves as a great refresh in statistics. In terms of electives, I am auditing Professor Linda Green’s “U.S. Healthcare System” course. This course is very informative and enjoyable, thanks to the many real-world/personal examples taught in class, and the high-quality Q&A discussion sessions with experienced MBA students. Many of the stories they shared were eye-opening for me.
How has the expertise of your professors impacted your learning?
This year, the MSAFA students have the opportunity to learn about the latest research of many faculty in an intensive two-week pre-course program. During the program, I was first exposed to Professor Shivaram Rajgopal’s research about sovereign risk, which put a lot of emphasis on the balance sheet of a country. Another thought-provoking session I found enlightening was from Professor Tim Baldenius, who introduced the topic of accounting performance measurement and corporate governance for consultants.
What do you want to do next? How has Columbia uniquely prepared you for your future?
Next year, I will be returning to Deerfield Management, the firm I interned with during my final year as an undergraduate, and start full-time as an associate. Deerfield is an investment firm that specializes in the healthcare sector. I believe the MSAFA curriculum, both the core courses and the MBA elective courses, will enhance my understanding in valuation, healthcare, and market movement, and will better prepare me to take on projects in the real world.