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"It is increasingly important that people in leadership positions prioritize social and environmental action over maximizing profit at all costs, and I knew I wanted a program that shared these values."
"I was also very excited to see how diverse the program is; being able to collaborate with people from many different countries offers many new perspectives and greatly enriches the experience."
Student Profile: Emma Langlois
Full-Time MBA student in Business
My name is Emma Langlois and I am enrolled in the Full-Time MBA program at SFU. I have worked in Camping and Outdoor Education for the last number of years, and found a lot of fulfillment through supervising staff, managing operations, and planning events for non-profit organizations. I love spending time outside, watching hockey, and playing with my puppy.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
When looking through MBA programs, I was attracted to the Indigenous studies and sustainability components at SFU. It is increasingly important that people in leadership positions prioritize social and environmental action over maximizing profit at all costs, and I knew I wanted a program that shared these values. I was also very excited to see how diverse the program is; being able to collaborate with people from many different countries offers new perspectives and greatly enriches the experience.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?
When family members and friends ask about my program, I let them know that I am learning the more technical sides of the business world. Through my work in the not-for-profit industry, I have been able to dip my toes into marketing, budgeting, and accounting, but this program is helping me to fine tune those skills. Many courses in the program function to enhance technical skills, but I enjoy that the program also focuses on soft skills like leadership, teamwork, and conflict resolution. These traits are very important working in leadership positions.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
I have enjoyed my first few months of study at SFU. Though our cohort is faced with many barriers, we have still managed to form a bond and take on challenges together. The camaraderie has been my favourite part, despite only being able to meet online until this point. The instructors have all been very engaged and approachable, and it is clear that the faculty is working to make the online experience as seamless and valuable as possible.
HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.
This year, I was the recipient of the BC Graduate Scholarship. I am extremely humbled to have received the award. The money from this award will ensure that I can cover the expenses of my degree without going into debt, and for that I am very grateful. I will also be able to focus more on extra-curricular activities and volunteer positions related to my career goals, as I will not need to work during my degree.
Contact Emma: Emma_langlois@sfu.ca