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Ruth Ibarra

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

As my responsibilities increased back in Peru, I realized that I lacked analytical skills. Sometimes, I didn't have the broader vision required to see how my area impacted the company and vice versa. However, I knew that pursuing an MBA would allow me to acquire the strategic vision needed for upper managerial positions. After deciding on Vancouver as my final destination, I knew right away that SFU Beedie had the suitable characteristics for my plans. I was interested in many of the university's co-curricular activities as well. On the other hand, the small cohort and the four-month internship were crucial factors that made SFU Beedie the right choice for me.

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

I love the discussions that happen in class and on work projects. It is incredible to see how the cohort's diversity enriches daily conversations and group learning. As a person who hadn't been able to be in and study in such a diverse environment, it has been a fantastic experience so far. Furthermore, I am looking forward to the MBA international applied project. It will be a fantastic opportunity to use all the new methodologies that we are learning.

How would you describe SFU Beedie’s culture?

Overall, I believe that SFU Beedie's culture embraces change, innovation, inclusion and diversity. So it is in every course, the co-curricular activities that students can participate in, and the cohort members' personal and professional interests. In addition, the class environment encourages the inclusion of everyone, as it is a safe place to discuss any topic we learn or feel curious about it.