Scott Mueller and Ruth Yehyun Bang, 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 sixth annual list, which honors 100 of the most accomplished seniors at top business schools across the country.
“If there was a word that encapsulates the Best & Brightest, it would be fearless. They raise their hands, take hard classes, run for elections, trek overseas, and start companies. They aren’t afraid to change their plans, let alone their beliefs. More than that, they don’t shy away from failure—knowing the greater risk is growing stale by settling for just enough,” said Jeff Schmitt, Poets&Quants’ senior writer who launched the series in 2016.
Whitman senior Scott Mueller, who will be joining Deloitte after graduation embraced his business education fearlessly, but also noted that, “during my four years studying business, I learned how business is so much more than the technical things we learn in the classroom. The valuation analyses, the marketing campaign strategies, the Excel training, and the like have been incredibly helpful in learning about business and the fields within. However, everything is connected—and a business cannot operate without each core function working together and organization members working cross-functionally in some way. Teamwork is essential, and the components of listening, empathy, and clear communication with others aren’t just buzzwords. In summary, hard skills are not actionable without soft skills.
Whitman senior Ruth Bang also talked about her experiences at the Whitman School stating that “the biggest lesson I have gained is that, at the end of the day, people are the most important part of any business. It’s easy to look at business as just a list of transactions and dollar signs. If you lean in and focus on what people are saying, what they need or want, and what they believe in, you’ll probably come out a more successful businessperson and hopefully, a better person.”
Poet&Quants has been covering all that matters in the business school world, with in-depth analysis of B-schools rankings and full-time MBA programs. They have been highlighting the top 100 Best & Brightest Undergraduate business majors each year since 2016.
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