Catherine Cummings and Justin Harris, both seniors at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, were featured as two of the “best & brightest undergraduate business majors,” by Poets & Quants for Undergrads, a news website for undergraduate business education. This is the third annual list, which honors 100 of the most accomplished seniors at top business schools across the country.
“These students personify the best qualities of their schools and business in general,” said Jeff Schmitt, Poets&Quants’ senior writer who launched the series in 2015. “They are standard bearers, really, who made the most of their time in business school. In the process, they made the people around them better too. The Class of 2018, in particular, set the bar high. They’re such committed and creative students. The business world will be great shape when these graduates hit their stride.”
Cummings was featured in the main article. “The biggest lesson I learned from studying business is to never get too comfortable,” she said. “Always challenge yourself, and persevere through the conflicts, because you never know where they will lead you. I can utmost say that my successes have come from taking risks, falling and getting back up again.”
A budding entrepreneur, Harris is a risk taker who is planning to take his business plan idea, born in the classroom, to market after graduation. “Your knowledge about business does not just come from one class, but rather it is a culmination of a wide range of topics that one has to take it in order to be a successful business student,” he said.
Poets&Quants plans future lists in the coming months, including “Best & Brightest MBA Students of 2018” and the “Top 40 Under 40 Undergraduate Business Professors,” which featured Ravi Dharwadkar, professor of management, in 2017.