Student Spotlight - Andrey
Andrey BiryuchinskiyClass of 2016
Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Majors: Economics and Finance
Minors: Mathematics and Cognitive Science
ChangeLab Projects: Berry Plastics, AO Smith
"There was no syllabus with weekly instructions, no hints in the back of the book, no tests or quizzes. There was just a problem and a deadline - like in any real life situation. However, it was precisely the uncertainty that made my Changelab experience so real and so transformational. With each project, I became knowledgeable in a new industry, but more importantly, I became a sharper thinker, an adroit problem-solver, and a more agile team player. The Changelab program showed me how to fearlessly approach any type of project and effectively use the available resources to complete it. This experience has already helped me impress admission counsellors of the top graduate schools and managers of the largest banks and consulting companies. Although my undergraduate studies are now complete, the problem-solving framework and the soft skills that I have developed through these hands-on projects will most certainly serve me for the rest of my life."