Category Archives: Undergraduate

Undergraduate Student Ambassador: Tasha Tieu

Tasha TieuName: Tasha Tieu

Major:  Accounting

Hometown:  Shoreline, WA

Activities:  Undergraduate Business Council, Beta Alpha Psi, Foster Mentorship Program, Becker Campus Ambassador, Foster UCS Peer Coach, case competitions (PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Deloitte)

Why Foster?:   Foster runs in the family – both my mom and cousin graduated from the accounting program here. I love the Pacific Northwest, and Foster has a very distinct presence in this area. Employers that I’ve met all agree that Foster graduates stand out because the programs that this school offers develops such high quality, innovative, and cooperative students. The resources that Foster offers to its students, both through the knowledge of our faculty and the opportunities available to network with professionals, are unparalleled in this area.

Over summer break I…  interned at a private investment manager and attended summer leadership conferences with the Big 4. I also traveled to Anaheim for the National Beta Alpha Psi conference, and to eastern Canada for vacation.

After graduation, I plan to…
go back to school! I plan on getting my Masters of Public Accounting (MPAcc) at Foster. I would also love to travel more before starting full-time with an accounting firm.

Advice to future students:  There is so much more to college than just academic success. Explore different clubs, whether it’s within Foster or not. Be responsible, but don’t forget that your freshman year is about having fun and new experiences. College years fly by much more quickly than you may know. Live in the moment because you will never get these years back.

Favorite place to study:  Orin’s on Sundays – it’s surprisingly quiet. Otherwise, Foster Library.

Favorite place to eat on the Ave:   You can never go wrong with Chipotle.​

Undergraduate Student Ambassador: Ryan Cranke

Ryan CrankeName: Ryan Cranke

Major: Accounting and Finance

Minor: Mathematics

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

Undergraduate Student Ambassador: Rachel Varkey

Rachel VarkeyName:  Rachel Varkey

Major:  Finance and Marketing

Hometown: Federal Way, WA

Activities:  TedXUofW Curator, Translate Change

Why Foster?:  I love the energy in Foster. Every day I am inspired by people who are constantly pushing me to be the best businesswoman I can be. I am grateful to be surrounded by excellence.

Over Summer Break…  I was in Israel witnessing first-hand the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

After graduation, I plan to…  I will be working in fashion public relations, marketing, and merchandising.

Advice to future students:  Get involved! Do the best you can to meet people and develop unique networks. My success is all due to the loving, thoughtful, and passionate mentors who have always guided me in the right direction.

Favorite place to study:  Paccar study rooms

Favorite place to eat on the Ave:  Hawaiian BBQ

Undergraduate Student Ambassador: Nabil Manji

Name: Nabil Manji

Major:  Accounting and English

Hometown:  Sammamish, WA

Activities:  University of Washington’s Pre-Law Society, Beta Alpha Psi, Foster School of Business Advisory Council, teaching assistant in various business departments, Business Honors

Why Foster?:  In the Pacific Northwest, you really can’t beat Foster. It’s a fantastic school with phenomenal faculty, great students, and a close-knit community. Besides the great people, the new facilities are unrivaled and there are plenty of opportunities for students to get involved and meet other students with similar interests, no matter what those may be. Not to mention that Foster offers tremendous value, especially if you qualify for in-state tuition.

Over Summer Break I… will be a Summer Analyst in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations (S&O) practice, based out of the Seattle office. Additionally, I will be taking the LSAT, GMAT, and hopefully be going on vacation sometime in September before school starts again.

After graduation, I plan to…  work for a few years and then pursue a JD, MBA, or JD/MBA from a top-tier institution.

Advice to future students:  Get involved and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Foster and college in general is what you make of it. Going to class will get you your basic education, but taking advantage of all the student organizations, competitions, and events that Foster has to offer is what is going to enrich your business school experience and set you apart from the rest of your classmates. Your coursework is only one aspect of your entire university experience – don’t let everything else pass you by.

Favorite place to study:
  Gallagher Law Library. It’s the quietest library on campus and  you get an entire table to yourself. As an added bonus, it’s right across the street from Foster.

Favorite place to eat on the Ave:  Tough question, but I have to go with Thai Tom.

Undergraduate Student Ambassador: Midori Ng

Midori NgName: Midori Ng

Major: Marketing and Information Systems

Minor: Diversity

Hometown: Sammamish, WA

Activities: Husky Sales Club, UW Relay For Life, UW Campus Tour Guide, TEDxUofW, Case Competitions, Intramural Volleyball.

Why Foster?: The Foster School of Business provides the perfect environment for students to work together, solve real-world business problems, and create innovative solutions. I love the networking opportunities, extracurricular activities, and variety of coursework this school has to offer.

Over Summer Break I… studied abroad in Tahiti! I became immersed in the rich Polynesian culture of Heiva dance, voyage canoeing, art history, and traditional Tahitian language.

After graduation,  I plan to… work for an innovative, global company in the field of marketing and public relations.

Advice to future students: Take advantage of all the opportunity, resources, and live with a positive outlook, big heart, and open mind.

Favorite place to study: I love to study at the HUB! Or when it’s sunny, outside on the terrace of Paccar or Suzzallo Library.

Favorite place to eat on the Ave: HAWAIIAN BBQ WITHOUT A DOUBT!

Undergraduate Student Ambassador: Kiersa Sanders

Kiersa SandersName:  Kiersa Sanders

Major:  Accounting and Information Systems

Hometown:  Seattle, WA

Activities:  Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) Chief Events Officer, Young Executives of Color (YEOC) mentor, Consulting and Business Development Center student consultant, INROADS

Why Foster?:  I transferred to Foster from Seattle Central Community College because of its reputation. Foster is nationally recognized and the accounting program is consistently ranked among the best in the country. Additionally, I noticed that it had small class sizes, which would give me the opportunity to develop relationships with my professors.

Over Summer Break…  I was a rotational intern at Deloitte Seattle office. I had the opportunity to transition through the Audit, Tax, and Advisory practices. I also participated in Harvard Business School’s Summer Venture Management Program (SVMP) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Accounting Leadership workshop at Duke University.

After graduation…  I plan to obtain my CPA license, travel the world, and use accounting to help businesses improve.

Advice to future students:  Take the time to meet people! One of the best ways to do that is by getting involved. You can learn so much about job opportunities, classes, and professors by networking with your peers.  Your time at Foster will go by fast so try to build lasting relationships while you can.

Favorite place to study:  Savery is my go-to for after hours studying. When Savery is full, Odegaard’s 3rd floor quiet area is my favorite place because it’s always warm and bright.

Favorite place to eat on the Ave:  Thanh Vi is the best place for quick and delicious Vietnamese sandwiches. When I am in the mood for Pho, I head across the street to Pho Tran. ​

Undergraduate Student Ambassador: Katie Schneider

Name:  Katie Schneider

Major:  Entrepreneurship

Hometown:  Oak Harbor, WA

Activities:  Lavin Entrepreneurship Program.

Why Foster?:  The Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship got me hooked on the school. After I first met with the directors, I knew that this school offered everything I was hoping for in order to advance my academic career. I was excited about the Center’s aid to students in their entrepreneurial pursuits. Since my enrollment, I have had nothing put positive, academically challenging experiences here.

Over Summer Break I…  worked at the front desk of the Undergraduate Programs Office at the Foster School of Business. I’m not from Seattle, so it was fun spending the summer in the city!

After graduation, I plan to…  backpack around South America with a good friend for a year and then go work for a start-up.

Favorite place to study:  I get a lot done in Savery Hall. If you go at night, you can take over a whole room to yourself.

Favorite place to eat on the Ave:  Shalimar. I’m a huge Indian curry fan.​​

Undergraduate Student Ambassador: Jasmine Reliford

Jasmine RelifordName:  Jasmine Reliford

Major:  Accounting and Human Resources

Hometown:  San Carlos, CA

Activities:  Association of Black Business Students VP, National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), Young Executives of Color (YEOC) mentor

Why Foster?:  Because of the Foster Community – Foster is a place where the people that shape of minds and our experience truly care about you as a student and as an individual. There is a culture of striving for success and mentoring those younger in order to help them achieve success as well.

Over Summer Break I… interned with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Washington, DC working with government clients.

After graduation, I plan to… study for the CPA exam.

Advice to future students:  Don’t be afraid to go for what you want, if you want anything bad enough you will make it happen. Those that take the risk to try something new are the most successful.

Favorite place to study: In a Paccar study room with a group of friends that are all helping each other to succeed in that class.

Favorite place to eat on the Ave: Banana Leaf (Thai Food).

Undergraduate Student Ambassador: Evan Griffith

Evan GriffithName: Evan Griffith

Major: Finance and Informatics

Hometown: Bellevue, WA

Activities: Montlake Consulting Group, Case Competitions

Why Foster?: I knew from high school marketing competitions that I wanted to pursue a career in business, and Foster allowed me to get a top business education with excellent access to tech industry companies.

Over Summer Break I… worked as a strategy analyst intern with Microsoft’s Online Services Division in Bellevue. I worked on industry analysis while collaborating with engineering stakeholders in defining future versions of Microsoft’s Bing search engine.

After graduation,  I plan to… find a job that allows me to continue learning and exposes me to a variety of functional areas related to finance and technology.

Advice to future students: Remember that, while classes are large, professors are almost always accessible outside of the classroom. Make sure to poke around the student organizations on campus, because they’re a great way to find friends and expand your learning.

Favorite place to study: The East Asia Library in Gowen Hall or the TE Lab in Mary Gates Hall.

Favorite place to eat on the Ave: EJ Burger, 4510 University Way NE (between 45th St & 47th St)

Undergraduate Student Ambassador: Doug Ta’a

Name:  Doug Ta’a

  Information Systems and Marketing

Minor: Diversity

Hometown:  Kent, WA

Activities: Treasurer of the Polynesian Student Alliance, YEOC Mentor, Student Ambassador for the Office of Minority Affairs, member of the Association of Black Business Students and student assistant for the Dean’s Office

Why Foster?:  Foster is one of the top-rated business schools in the nation! I knew that I would be receiving a great education and that I would be prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation. The professors and counselors at Foster truly care about you and want you to succeed not only in the classroom, but also in life. It is a very tight knit community. The people at Foster are like family!

Over Summer Break I… completed my second internship with The Boeing Company in Training & Flight Services for Test and Evaluation.

After graduation:  I hope to either work full time for The Boeing Company, or pursue a career in consulting. After gaining some experience in the corporate world I either want to open my own business or travel the world and provide microenterprise-consulting services for start-ups businesses in under-resourced countries.

Advice to future students:  Take advantage of every opportunity and have fun! UW and the Foster School of Business has so many opportunities that can contribute to your learning. It is important to take advantage of them and step outside your comfort zone. Get involved and be a leader in your community. Start to build your personal brand early. College is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so take advantage of it!

Favorite place to study:  Even though I absolutely love Paccar Hall, Odegaard and Allen Library are probably my favorite places to study. For me, it’s relaxing, and refreshing to get out of the business school and study in a new environment.

Favorite place to eat on the Ave:  HAWAIIAN BBQ!