Kristin Marren

Kristin Marren

M.S. in Commerce 2018, University of Virginia
B.A. in Theology 2017, Boston College

Track: Finance

Hometown: Winnetka, IL

Why did you choose UVA’s M.S. in Commerce Program? I chose to pursue an M.S. in Commerce because I knew I wanted to go into business but wanted to complement my liberal arts degree with stronger quantitative skills and business acumen. UVA stood out to me by the holistic application process, the opportunity to take both core business classes and specialize, and the strength of the on-Grounds recruiting. 

What do you enjoy about the program so far?  The M.S. in Commerce Program has already far exceeded my expectations! It has been incredible learning about business in a setting where everyone in the room comes from so many different backgrounds and are all able to weave in information from their undergraduate majors. The integrated course schedule is rigorous, but exposing us to business problems from every angle. 

What has surprised you about the program so far? When I initially accepted my admission, I was very excited to learn about business in a global context during the Global Immersion Experience in May. However, I have been surprised how the curriculum takes a global perspective right from the beginning of the year. During conversations, we are constantly discussing how global factors influence particular companies, and I have had the chance to work in groups with students truly from across the globe--Egypt, Italy, Brazil, and China!

Fun Facts: 

  • I am the fourth of six children.
  • Growing up, my family h ad a three-person tandem bike.
  • I worked in the Boston College Commencement Office during undergrad and attended all four graduation ceremonies while I was a student.
  • I studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Hobbies: Listening to podcasts, tennis, and international travel