Name: Ryan Cranke
Major: Accounting and Finance
Hometown: Battle Ground, WA
Activities: Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) Vice President of Service, Foster Mentorship Program, Past Vice President of Business Ethics Association (BEA), Student Assistant at the University of Washington Department of Neurological Surgery
Why Foster?: UW was the first campus I ever toured, and after that I never found another school that compared. I felt like this was where I belonged. When I came up in the spring to tour Foster, I just knew deep down that this was the right place for me. While I can’t really describe what made me choose Foster, I can say with certainty that I’ve never regretted my decision to come here!
Over Summer Break I… worked and took a few classes. I also had the opportunity to travel a bit, including to Boston when the Finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs were ending there. I’m a huge hockey fan, so being in the city where the final game of the playoffs was being played was an amazing experience!
After graduation, I plan to… get my CPA and then pursue a career in public accounting. I’ll also be getting a Golden Retriever as soon as my living arrangements will allow it.
Advice to future students: Explore. Go to different club events, info sessions, or events. That is the best way to find what interests you and to meet people who share those same interests. UW and particularly Foster have so many great opportunities, but only if you are willing to go after them. Step outside of your comfort zone. We only grow when we push ourselves; take a leadership role, do a case competition, or start a brand new club about whatever you’re passionate about.
Favorite place to study: Foster Student Organization Room
Favorite place to eat on the Ave: Wing Central