"Yes, it was totally worth it."

For the last four months, my family, friends and colleagues have all been asking me the same question: Was it worth it? For my personal situation, this question is asking a lot more than, “was it worth it to start the evening program at Foster business school?”

Four months ago, I decided (well my husband and I decided) to move across the country, change the terms of my employment and join the Foster community. After four years in Washington D.C. working as a advocate on Capitol Hill it was time for a change – and we decided to go all out.

Trust me, I looked at programs on the East Coast. From Dartmouth to Georgetown and everything in between, I scoured the East Coast for programs that might be a good fit. But after meeting the professors, talking with admissions staff and literally grilling current students about the program, everything told me that Foster was the best choice despite the fact that it was on the other side of the country and more than 3,000 miles away from any immediate family member.

And yes, it was totally worth it. There is a laundry list of reasons why Foster is “worth it” but a few that are of great importance to me. First, is the community. The professors, students, and administration all combine to create a supportive, smart and accessible group of people. Second, is the program. The strong core of “business basics” along with the flexibility to create and shape your MBA provide students with the ability to design the ideal MBA experience. Third, the challenge. Foster does an amazing job of challenging its students both inside and outside the classroom. From professors who push you to learn and apply new knowledge to engaging with the Seattle business community and working closely with other students (and yes this was all in the first ten weeks), it is clear that Foster was and will be a great choice.

Guest blogger – Tyler Edgar, Evening MBA 2013