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Student Profile: Timothy Lau
Business Administration master's student in the Beedie School of Business
Hi there! I'm Timothy, full-time MBA candidate at the SFU Beedie School of Business. I have experience in the healthcare industry having worked as a Registered Dietitian at Vancouver General Hospital. In addition to that, I proudly serve my professional community on the Dietitians of Canada Board of Directors, and I have published research for a nutrition database. Passionate about representing my school and program, I have participated in the BC MBA Games and completed the case competition for the National MBA Games. Further, I am a proud Diversity Consultant for the Graduate Women’s Council and Student Ambassador for the MBA program.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
After researching multiple MBA programs, I prioritized SFU Beedie as my school of choice. The diverse, small/intimate, and balanced-gender cohort situated in the heart of a beautiful and thriving city is the perfect learning environment. I was also drawn to the SFU MBA curriculum that expands beyond business, delivering courses on Indigenous communities, sustainability, and an international applied project. Looking back, I could not have made a better choice to attend the SFU MBA program, and my time learning alongside talented faculty and students has been nothing short of amazing.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?
The SFU MBA program is an intense yet rewarding and immersive experience. We learn fundamental business skills such as accounting, economics, marketing, and data analytics, but also learn and practice becoming strong leaders through courses such as leadership & teamwork, negotiations, and managing a globalized workforce. There is plenty of teamwork which allows us to learn from each and every diverse individual in the cohort. In the time that we are not spending studying, we often take advantage of the city's surreal beauty and go on fun adventures as we grow from classmates to lifelong friends.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
SFU Beedie’s culture is extremely welcoming and down-to-earth. Since day one, I have felt the continual support from the staff and professors to help us get acclimatized to a new environment. I have never experienced any judgement nor elitism from anybody despite my relative unfamiliarity to business. This cultural effect extends to the student body, and this makes SFU Beedie an excellent and conducive place for learning, growing, and having fun.
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.
I am honoured and humbled to have received the John Ellis Graduate Entrance Scholarship and the Peter Legge Graduate Volunteer Award in Business. They have allowed me to focus on my studies and extracurriculars without worrying as much about finances. As a recipient of these awards, it was also gratifying to be recognized for my commitment to volunteering efforts over the years. While I do not do it for the recognition, it is nice that the hard work pays off!
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