Andre Egli

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

I decided to pursue an MBA because I wanted a career change. I no longer felt happy or fulfilled teaching. At the same time, I knew that I was very interested in the business world. I did not have any prior experience or education in this field, however, and so an MBA seemed like the most logical choice. I was drawn to the SFU Beedie School of Business in particular because of the small class sizes, the accelerated program, and the community feel that Beedie has cultivated and developed over the years.

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

My favourite experience so far at Beedie has been the general camaraderie with classmates before and after class. Although we have only been together for a short while, I feel as though everyone in our cohort has already formed a strong friendship with one another. I have made several close friends, and I know that we will continue to be friends long after this program concludes. I am most looking forward to starting an internship next fall. It will be my chance to finally apply the knowledge that I have gained in an actual business setting.

How would you describe SFU Beedie’s culture?

I would describe SFU Beedie’s culture as a close-knit family. I feel as though the administration truly cares about its students, particularly the admissions team who have gone above and beyond in providing guidance and support. All of my professors know my name and the names of all those in my cohort. Within our class WhatsApp group, we keep one another going by cracking jokes, sending funny memes, or providing heartfelt messages to keep each other’s spirits up. It is truly a pleasure to be studying in such a wonderful, close-knit environment.