After watching Julia Roberts in the drama “Stepmom” and Mel Gibson in the comedy “What Women Want”, Helen knew she wanted a career in marketing and design. In high school, Helen’s favourite subjects included Mathematics, Economics, and Marketing so the SFU Business Administration program was a logical choice. When her best friend told her about the how the TechOne program complements her major in Business, Helen’s natural curiosity led her to investigate further (and she’s glad she did).ï»¿
She found that the TechOne focus on understanding team dynamics, creativity, critical thinking, supportive learning environment and applied hands on approach was a winning combination. At the end of her TechOne year, her portfolio will include a sample of finished products that she can continue to build on as she proceeds through her Business Administration program. Of course, the guaranteed seats, smaller class size and being able to complete her TechOne and Business program in 4 years did not hurt either.
Helen is an active member of the SFU Surrey campus community. She is currently the VP of the Surrey Business Student Association. In her first semester at SFU, she became the TechOne representative on a student union and the campus committee. Whether it be working on a social event to enhance campus life, discussing ideas at meetings, or to promoting and developing business opportunities for students, Helen’s love for creativity, design and marketing shines through.
Helen’s experience so far has been mutually rewarding for herself and all the SFU staff and faculty she interacts with. She finds that the TechOne program has provided an excellent balance of creative design skills with solid business fundamentals. In particular, she recalls having some anxiety over her writing abilities in high school. Her Teamwork and Communication class in TechOne significantly improved her writing skills and boosted her confidence by providing a combination of clear instructions, consistent feedback and a focus on the process of good writing. Helen appreciates her instructor’s knowledge and says they “deserve to be well-respected”.
Future goals for Helen include joining the Business Coop program and going on an exchange program to Europe through SFU International. She’s hoping to represent SFU at business competitions and put her teamwork and design skills that she learned in TechOne to work. Ultimately, she plans to graduate with an Honours degree in Business administration and maybe work with Julia Roberts and Mel Gibson in North America’s hottest advertising agency!!