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Student Profile: Bryant Cooper
Business Administration master's student in the Beedie School of Business
Bryant has seven years of professional work experience, primarily working as an analyst at a multinational healthcare company in the United States. He received his undergraduate degree in International Business from the University of Alabama in 2014. A native of Alabama in the southern part of the United States, Bryant is a voracious learner, geography nerd, lover of all things outdoors, and is committed to helping others learn and grow. Outside of school, you can find him running, playing volleyball, skiing, throwing frisbee with his dog, Bear, or eating all of the tasty food that Vancouver has to offer. He is a Beedie Student Ambassador and has competed in several case competitions. Most recently, Bryant and his team took home the first place prize at the Kogod School of Business's case competition. He is looking forward to new opportunities in sustainable apparel upon completion of the MBA program.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
For me, cohort size and diversity were very important to me because I wanted to form close connections with my classmates and professors. My cohort has around 45 students from 14 countries - it's extremely diverse and I know everyone really well. I've been able to learn more given the closeness of the cohort and the variety of experiences that each person brings to the table.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?
Valuable. My time here at Beedie has been such an incredibly valuable experience for me. The rigor of the program is pushing me out of my comfort zone, the subjects we are studying are relevant and impactful, and I learn so much every day from my amazing classmates.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
For me, it's the relationships that I'm making with my classmates. I have made friends here that I know will last a lifetime and will continue to bring value to me years after the program ends.
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 two awards: the A. John Ellis Grad Scholarship and the Beedie Family Grad Scholarship. Both of these awards have provided me with greater financial security. Leaving the workforce to pursue a full-time MBA program does not come without costs - these two awards have helped make this experience financially viable for me. I am extremely grateful to have been selected for these prestigious awards.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PROGRAM/POSTDOC POSITION TO SOMEONE STILL SEARCHING FOR A PROGRAM OR POSTDOC POSITION?
I would want to point out that my experience with SFU has been amazing from the very beginning. If you are looking at multiple programs, I think that you will notice a difference in interactions between SFU staff and the staff at other programs. From the beginning, the admissions team made me feel valuable and like I would benefit them more than they would benefit me. Once I arrived on campus, the faculty and staff will know you by name and you can tell that they genuinely want you to succeed.
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