Seniors among Poets & Quants for Undergrads best and brightest business majors

Ruku Pal and C.J. Walker with the P&Q logo

A pair of Farmer School seniors are among Poets & Quants for Undergrads 100 Best & Brightest Business Majors Of 2022. Rukmini (Ruku) Pal and Christopher J. Walker, both economics majors, were selected from the Farmer School this year.

Each of the 100 were asked certain questions, including:

What is the biggest lesson you gained from studying business?

"Business is truly integrated into every field of study. I entered my college career with a very diverse set of interests and pursued various areas of study through my minors in Global Health and Political Science. These different disciplines have been easy to bridge with a business background, as it is a field embodied within every other," Pal said. "Studying business has made it easier to understand the world around me, and given valuable, adaptable tools and skillsets that can be applied well beyond business courses."

"You do not have to be in a specific field in order to go into a specific area. It is all about the tools and skills that you learn along the way and how you present it to others that makes your education so valuable," Walker said.

What has surprised you most about majoring in business?

"The amount of interdisciplinary overlap there is among all of the majors. Economics is much more of a technical field versus the other majors in the business school. However, the economics mindset is so applicable in fields such as entrepreneurship and marketing, fields that are seen as more focused on softer skills," Walker said. "That makes one realize that it is all about how you can use your major to pursue your passion, rather than finding your passion in that said field."

"I entered the Farmer School of Business as a business undecided major, unsure that business was even the right field of study for me. Majoring in business economics, I was absolutely surprised with how much I enjoyed the field and my classmates," Pal said. "My perception of business was very stiff and aloof, fully incompatible with my energetic and passionate personality. However, the Farmer School of Business quickly proved me wrong, providing an open and welcoming environment where I could utilize my own strengths to discover what business meant for me."

Pal will join Deloitte Consulting as a strategy analyst after graduation, while Walker will be joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland as a research analyst I.