Alexander Traugott Raez

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA and what drew you to the SFU Beedie School of Business?

I want to pursue an MBA because I want to accomplish a return into the retail sector, but in the process, I want to develop my leadership and teamwork skills. I chose Beedie because it has the three key factors I was looking for in an MBA program: applied learning, quality of education, and small, personalized cohort experience. Applied learning was very important to me, and Beedie has projects, cases, presentations, an international application project, simulations, a capstone project, and an internship.

What has been your favourite moment or experience at Beedie so far? What are you looking forward to?

My favorite moments at Beedie are the first day of each course. I find that what makes Beedie special is its teachers; each teacher is unique and amazing in their own way. I especially will never forget my first day of class with teacher David Hannah, that day was mind-blowing and that was the day I realized that I made the right decision by choosing SFU Beedie. I am looking forward to my first case competition. It is something that I am passionate about, and I consider it an important part of the MBA experience. I can't wait to represent Beedie.

How would you describe SFU Beedie’s culture?

I would describe SFU Beedie’s culture with one word: collaboration. Beedie is about the student and professor collaborating together in analyzing a case to get the best learning. Beedie is about collaborating with your teammates to solve problems. Beedie is about collaborating with your cohort to share ideas. Beedie is about learning together in a friendly environment.