Amanda has always been one to set high standards for herself. Before hitting her teenage-years she wanted to be a doctor. But as she grew and realized her talent with numbers (and that blood made her squirm), her target career shifted. After completing her undergraduate in Mathematics at Walla Walla University Amanda set her sights on the Bridge MBA program at Seattle University. For Amanda the Bridge degree offers a broad knowledge and understanding of business as well as much more focused skills attributed to various departments, including finance, accounting, and analytics. "I have a strong background in data and I like the combination of business and math” she describes. “I didn’t want to do something purely theoretical, I wanted it to be applicable."
Raised in Palm Springs, California, Amanda developed very strong family bonds with her parents, siblings, and extended family. These bonds developed values that played a role in her decision to attend Alber’s, as she looked for smaller class sizes and community values as she picked a school. Her favorite aspect of the program is the cohort experience, in which she and 23 other students learn and grow as they take classes and complete their degree together. “For me I really like it. It helps you learn to work with other people more effectively, because you get to learn who they are over a longer period of time rather than just a quarter.” Amanda looks forward to carrying the connections and friendships she’s developed with her peers into her professional career.
When she isn’t studying for class, attending MBA socials, or giving award-winning marketing presentations to Microsoft, Amanda is often working out or playing sports. While volleyball is her favorite, she also enjoys basketball, soccer, and many other athletic activities. Blending her education with her hobbies, Amanda keeps busy as a Business Operations Intern with Seattle Storm, Seattle’s local WNBA team. She is also very excited for September, when on top of having graduated with an MBA from Seattle U, she’ll be marrying her fiancé, Mitchell.
Amanda plans to use her to degree to find a career as a financial analyst, while also hinting that she may be interested in a position as a CFO in the future.
- About Seattle: Get out and explore the city! Seattle has a ton of great food and events. Try to meet new people.
- For Parents: One of the reasons I like Seattle University is that is focuses on the individual. The school expects high moral standards from its students and educates attendees not only academically but to be whole people.
- For Students: Prepare to be put in several different groups tasked to complete a variety of projects. Expect to be exposed to new environments and unexpected situations.