Hometown: Lekki, Nigeria
Pre-MBA Job: Marketing
|Aspirations after MBA: Consumer Goods, Technology, & Consulting
Club/Leadership Involvement: C4C, Foster Tech Club, Foster MBA Marketing Club, Diversity Club
Why did you choose Foster?: My major attraction to Foster was the right balance of academic rigor and hands-on opportunities for leadership development. The rigorous core curriculum coupled with the customizable 2nd year curriculum, provided me an opportunity to hone my technical skills and the option of exploring more than one area of Business for my MBA concentration.
Also, the strong career management team which provides extensive support to candidates through a career coaching and mentoring program, gave me the confidence that my potential in business school would be translated to a thriving career post-MBA. These in addition to opportunities to learn by doing through the consulting programs, Board Fellowships and other experiential learning programs, provided me the perfect mix I need to realize my short and long term career goals.
Advice to prospective students: Congratulations on your decision to pursue an MBA! Although it requires a great deal of effort, the end-point is quite rewarding both personally and professionally. In a world with endless choices of Business schools and countries where one could acquire an MBA, it is important to begin with an end in mind. This would guide your selection of an MBA Program best suited to your career choice and desired experiences. With an end in mind you would also come across as focused and decisive; a key attribute I found a lot of reputable Business Schools look out for.
Yumeng “Sissi” Bian
Hometown: Beijing, China
Pre-MBA Job: Marketing, PR
|Area of focus at Foster: Marketing and Management
Aspirations after MBA: Tech or Automotive Industry
Club/Leadership Involvement: Foster Marketing Association, Foster Tech, Operations Club, Foster Foodies
Why did you choose Foster?: I chose Foster because of its collaborative program, good location, and the job opportunities available here.
Advice to prospective students: Explore the school and program as much as possible. Start the application as early as possible. Talk to alumni and current students to see if there is chemistry.
Hometown: College Station, Texas
Pre-MBA Job: Sales, Higher Education Administration
|Area of focus at Foster: Marketing
Aspirations after MBA: Sports industry
Club/Leadership Involvement: Foster Marketing Association, Outdoor and Sports Industry Club, Student Investment Fund
Why did you choose Foster?: Most importantly, the vision/mission/values statements matched what I was looking for in a business school. Visiting campus during the Admitted Students Weekend solidified that those statements were more than just rhetoric and made me very confident in my choice. More specifically, I liked the small class sizes, the median age, and the emphasis on active learning. Finally, knowing that the Pacific Northwest is where my family and I want to put down roots, Foster was the school that best fit all the requirements in my business school search.
Advice to prospective students: Visit campuses, sit in classes, and talk to current and former students. If possible, spend a weekend in the town of the school to see what life there would be like outside of the classroom. Most importantly, really think through what you want the experience to look like and what you want to get out of the experience. Write those requirements down and stay true to that list during the process.
Hometown: Winston Salem, United States
Pre-MBA Job: Teacher and School Administrator
|Aspirations after MBA: Consulting (with non-profits eventually)
Club/Leadership Involvement: Net Impact & Consulting Society
Why did you choose Foster?: I was excited about the opportunity to work at both Foster and the Evans School. I was also attracted to the diverse, vibrant, and collaborative community at Foster.
Advice to prospective students: Spend time at Foster during the application process. Get a feel for the culture and community.
Hometown: Auburn, United States
Pre-MBA Job: Human Resources/Military
|Aspirations after MBA: Seattle startup scene. Global Health, technology, consumer products. More important to be part of a small startup with the desire to inspire change.
Club/Leadership Involvement: Entrepreneurship Venture Capital Club/Venture Fellows,
Marketing Club, Strategy Club, Net Impact, & Women In Business
Why did you choose Foster?: I wanted to be a part of the Pacific Northwest and Seattle’s amazing startup and venture capital scene. Foster and the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship have invaluable connections to the Seattle startup scene and the major players in the area that are available to me as a student. The choice was easy. Foster is simply the best possible place I could be.
Advice to prospective students: Make sure your finances, family, and healthcare are in order prior to starting business school so that you can concentrate on your schoolwork and career search as early as possible.
Hometown: Yorba Linda, United States
Pre-MBA Job: Product Management
|Aspirations after MBA: Healthcare
Club/Leadership Involvement: Healthcare & Biotechnology, EVCC, Net Impact, Strategy, & Consulting
Why did you choose Foster?: I chose Foster because of the small, intimate class size and the incredible diversity of backgrounds and perspectives of the student body.
Advice to prospective students: Understand what you want to accomplish by getting an MBA and try to hit the ground running as much as possible!
Hometown: Suzhou, China
Pre-MBA Job: Project Manager and Analyst
|Aspirations after MBA: Consulting, Consumer Goods, Technology, & Healthcare
Club/Leadership Involvement: Consulting Society, Technology Club, Strategy Club, Marketing Association, Operations Club, & Net Impact
Why did you choose Foster?: Apart from being a top-ranked academic program and having a smaller class size, the Foster MBA program really differentiated itself by providing amazing student support and services. Everyone I talked to during the application/admission process was very attentive and it just felt like they truly cared about the students, that we aren’t just a number.
Advice to prospective students: Talk to as many current students or alumni as possible in your application process! School websites are informative, but interacting with actual students from the program will give you a much better sense of whether or not a particular MBA program is the best fit for you. Remember it IS a two-way street! When the school is determining whether or not you are a good fit, you should be doing the same thing by evaluating the program’s fit for you.
Hometown: Las Vegas, United States
Pre-MBA Job: Investment Accounting
|Aspirations after MBA: Tech, Financial Services
Club/Leadership Involvement: Student Investment Fund, Finance Society, Challenge for Charity, Marketing Association, Foster Foodies, Operations Club, & Diversity in Business
Why did you choose Foster?: Foster’s potential was what attracted me as it has great exposure to well-known companies locally, nationally and globally. Also, the program was well structured to provide guidance for the MBA students looking to switch careers.
Advice to prospective students: You should never be afraid to explore what’s out there. Even if you are fully satisfied with what you currently possess, it’s always worth it to know what your options are.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, United States
Pre-MBA Job: Management Consulting, Corporate Strategy
|Aspirations after MBA: Technology & Consumer Products
Club/Leadership Involvement: Women in Business (Forte Fellow), Finance Society, Marketing Association, Technology Club, & Entrepreneurship/Venture Capital Club
Why did you choose Foster?: Foster hosts a close-knit community while providing many opportunities for leadership, team-building, and practical experience. The Pacific Northwest is a fast-growing region, and Foster has an incomparable network with the exciting companies in the area.
Advice to prospective students: Find a program that genuinely “fits” with your post-MBA goals (i.e., has a strong network with your industry and functional objectives) and during-MBA goals (i.e., culture, community, leadership opportunities).
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Pre-MBA Job: Project Engineer
|Area of focus at Foster: Marketing and Management
Aspirations after MBA: Tech Industry
Club/Leadership Involvement: Foster Tech, Women in Business, Net Impact, Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club
Why did you choose Foster?: For me it was the intimacy that the smaller class size would offer and the city of Seattle itself which is filled with high tech companies.
Advice to prospective students: Visiting campus and getting a feel for the school culture is the most critical part of the decision process.
Hometown: Itu, Brazil
Pre-MBA Job: Operations
|Aspirations after MBA: Consulting or Technology
Club/Leadership Involvement: Consulting Society, Strategy Club, Finance Society, Student Investment Fund & Foster Tech
Why did you choose Foster?: Foster offers a perfect fit to my current interests and development goals. There’s also a strong team-building culture due to small class sizes and the program focus on real-world experiences, which can get you more prepared even before you start your full-time job.
Advice to prospective students: First of all, you should choose the business school that most suits your career interests. You can always have access to the business school website, current students and alumni, who can help you through this decision. Another piece of advice is never underestimate the application steps and only submit your application when you feel that you have great essays, good test scores and recommendation letters from the right people.
Hometown: Tashkent/Moscow, Uzbekistan/Russia
Pre-MBA Job: Executive Search/Recruiter
|Aspirations after MBA: Aviation/Airline, Retail, & Tech
Club/Leadership Involvement: Consulting Club, Net Impact, Marketing Club, Woman in Business Club, & Diversity Club
Why did you choose Foster?: Foster has great diversity among students, professors, faculty and it’s a great place to learn every day.
Advice to prospective students: Be yourself, be collaborative and open minded. It will pay off!
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Pre-MBA Job: Financial Analytics
|Aspirations after MBA: Strategy and Operations Consulting
Club/Leadership Involvement: Consulting society, tech club, & strategy club
Why did you choose Foster?: I was attracted by the small class size and access to business opportunities in the growing Seattle market.
Advice to prospective students: Do enough research!
Hometown: Riverside, United States
Pre-MBA Job: Fundraising/Marketing
|Aspirations after MBA: Marketing or marketing consulting, possibly in tech.
Club/Leadership Involvement: Marketing, Tech, Strategy, C4C, Net Impact (and Women in Business, Consulting, & Part II)
Why did you choose Foster?: The supportive culture, the small class size, the amazing people, and the chance it gives people to reinvent themselves.
Advice to prospective students: Absolutely come and visit to see a class and meet current students. It seemed so scary on the other side, but once you see that students are people just like you, wanting to learn and redirect their career, it will make you all the more motivated to start your MBA (and come here)!
Hometown: Indore, India
Pre-MBA Job: Consulting
|Aspirations after MBA: Consumer Technology and E commerce.
Club/Leadership Involvement: Technology, Consulting, Marketing, Women in Business, & Forte Fellow
Why did you choose Foster?: The strong relationships the school has with recruiters
, location in Seattle/Pacific Northwest, the strong alumni network, and the increasingly strong Foster brand as demonstrated by improving rankings.
Advice to prospective students: Choose a school which helps you build a career of your choice, evaluate all parameters holistically!
|Gillian Van Der Schaaf
Hometown: San Diego, United States
Pre-MBA Job: Operations
|Aspirations after MBA: Retail & Tech
Club/Leadership Involvement: MBAA, Strategy Club, Operations Club, & C4C
Why did you choose Foster?: Foster has an amazing, supportive community that provides the opportunity to work on highly motivated teams who focus on winning together
Advice to prospective students: Choose a program where you can be yourself, and will be challenged in ways beyond the classroom setting.
Hometown: Irkutsk, Russia
Pre-MBA Job: Digital Marketing
|Aspirations after MBA: Tech
Club/Leadership Involvement: Foster marketing association, Foster tech, Net Impact, Outdoors and sport industry club, Strategy club, & Operation clubs.
Why did you choose Foster?: Great culture, exposure to a growing tech industry, strong academic focus, location.
Advice to prospective students: Be yourself, do not afraid to challenge yourself, be confident and humble.