I Heart CBS Women Because They Support One Another

PaintniteBy Kristen Bierfeldt ’15

A few weeks ago, the CWiB Board had the opportunity to get together for Paint Nite. Paint Nite is an opportunity to mingle with friends at a local bar while a professional artist guides you through how to create a painting. It can be so easy to get wrapped up in classes and meetings, that having a break to interact with one another outside of Uris Hall can be extremely refreshing.  For those few hours we put aside our concerns over recruiting, or the papers we may have had hanging over our heads, and truly enjoyed each other’s company and got to know each other a little better.

While I think it’s pretty safe to say that none of us are going to take a leave of absence from CBS to pursue our dreams of becoming the next van Gogh, everyone really supported each other and provided encouraging feedback. At the end of the night I didn’t walk away with the feeling that I had created an incredible masterpiece but I did walk away feeling that I had spent a really rewarding evening in the pleasure of amazing company.

Although we were all painting the same thing, each individual put their own spin on it. Some tried to follow the instructor every step of the way, while others decided to exercise their artistic rights by added splashes of colors here and there, and some others even gave the painting their own vision entirely.  I think that’s a reflection of who we are as a community at CBS – while many of us are here for similar reasons, the paths we will end up taking, and the opportunities we choose to pursue, are all slightly different and that’s part of what makes this community, not only within CWiB but within CBS as a whole, so strong and so incredible to be a part of.

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Columbia Women in Business (CWIB) is an organization that strives to provide Columbia Business School women with resources and contacts to assist them in their academic, professional, and personal development. CWIB is committed to working with faculty, administrators, alumni and the greater business community to promote the role of and opportunities for women in business.
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