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Maren Haavig

2012 MBA Excellence Award, Master of Business Administration

Posted: May 13, 2012 - 12:07am
Maren Haavig  Courtesy of University of Alaska Southeast
Courtesy of University of Alaska Southeast
Maren Haavig

Maren Haavig was born and raised in Sitka, though she has lived in Juneau since 1994. Right out of high school she attended Western Washington University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Several years later she returned to school for an Accounting degree.

“I considered going to other schools but since I was living in Juneau at the time it made sense to attend UAS. My accounting training at UAS could not have prepared me more for the work world and the CPA exam.” Haavig said.

Haavig said she appreciates the availability of faculty, even with online coursework.

“During my last semester as an undergraduate, the SOM offered a course designed to assist students with passing the business law section of the CPA exam. Accounting faculty volunteered their time to meet with my study group on Saturday mornings to answer questions, provide study tips and offer general moral support as we prepared for the CPA exam. That assistance was invaluable toward my successful completion of this difficult professional exam.”

“It has always been a personal goal to obtain a Masters degree. Two years ago I decided it was time. There are many options for online degree programs to choose from. My undergraduate experience at UAS was so wonderful. While many of the faculty have changed, the overall feeling is the same. Faculty here really go the extra mile to create a supportive learning environment. At first I was hesitant about taking classes online but the UAS course management system was easy to navigate. While I am very excited to be finished, I really did enjoy my time as a UAS graduate student. “

Haavig’s hobbies include sports and outdoor recreational opportunities including winter skiing and snowshoeing and summer running, biking and hiking.

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