Fall classes are underway for the Master of Science in Business Analytics program. By now, students are familiar with the campus, they’ve adapted to their work and school schedules, and they have figured out how to add some fun in between. We caught up with MSBA student, Alice Che, to hear about her husky experience to date. She shares why she chose the MSBA program at UW Foster, a bit about herself, and her program experience to date. Meet Master of Science in Business Analytics student, Alice Che.
I am from Beijing, China. I lived there up until I left for college at the age of 17. That’s when I moved to the states to attend UW for my undergraduate studies in Economics.
I currently work part-time job on campus with the UW Athletics Department as a building manager. My job is to walk around the stadium, lock doors, and make sure things are in their place.
When I am not working, or in class, I like to spend my time hiking. Washington state is the perfect backdrop for that. One of my favorite hikes is Rattlesnake Ledge, which is an easier hike, but good for beginners. I have also hiked Snow Lake, which is a harder trail, but is very scenic, and therefore, worth it.
The Master of Science in Business Analytics Program Experience
What attracted you to the program?
I come from a major that is more technical, but didn’t have as many networking opportunities, nor chances to practice real–life scenarios in business. I liked that these opportunities would be present in this program. I am also excited to have the resources to learn about the way business works.
What type of connections have you made or hope to make through MSBA?
We had a class for international students to familiarize us with the process of job searching in the states. This class allowed me to connect with international students across various Foster programs, which was a unique experience. I have also enjoyed connecting with the faculty and, I am looking forward to connecting with industry professionals at career fairs and other networking events.
What class are you most excited about?
I enjoyed the course on spreadsheet modeling. We learned to design spreadsheet models from real-world scenarios. The amount of detail that goes into creating a good model is really challenging. It’s mentally taxing! One questions can take 1-2 hours to complete. But, I like the challenge. It has helped me to develop a detailed eye, which isn’t a strength of mine, as well as my critical thinking skills.
Exploring the Master of Science in Business Analytics Student Experience
What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about applying to MSBA’s program?
My advice is to talk to Program Director, Sara Jones, first. She is a very nice person and is always willing to talk to students about their questions. She is responsive to email, but if you are nearby, I suggest an in-person appointment. She will help you decide if the program is a good fit for you.
Do you have any tips for international students on how to make the most of their experience in the program?
Making friends helps a lot. The good thing about American culture is that people are encouraged to communicate from a young age, which is different from Asian countries, but also makes the process easier. Most people will be friendly, so don’t be nervous. Reach out to people, step out of your comfort zone, and make an effort to adapt to the culture. It will help you, and your professional development.
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This post is part of a series where we ask current students to answer questions about their experience as part of the Master of Science in Business Analytics program at the Foster School of Business, University of Washington.