MS Reflections: Sara Binmuamar ’17

In this “MS Reflections” blog post series, we will be featuring the profile and thoughts of a select few Whitman MS students graduating in 2017.

Name: Sara Binmuamar
Major: MS – Supply Chain Management (December 2017)
Background: B.A in Supply Chain Management
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Hometown: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Why an M.S.?
I pursued M.S. in supply chain because I find the concentration interesting as it connects all the departments in a company. It is also a continuously changing field which is challenging. I believed that pursuing a master’s degree would increase my intellect and cognitive ability.

Why Whitman?
Whitman’s supply chain program made my choice easy. Students in the program are required to take finance, accounting and marketing classes, along with the core supply chain classes. Adding to that, Whitman’s Lean Six Sigma course allowed me to apply DMIAC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) phases in the real world. The particular course required me to work with a company on a real project, which is an integral part of the experiential learning encouraged by Whitman.

What have you gained from your time at Whitman?
Besides gaining skills in data analysis and mastering Microsoft Excel, the opportunity to interact and work with a diverse group of students has made me more open-minded. The students and professors at Whitman are from different backgrounds. Each one of them has their own unique personality which has helped me gain something out of each project and course.

What is your most memorable moment from your time at Whitman?
There are a lot of them but becoming the president of the APICS club, taking a trip to the Adirondacks with fellow students during Thanksgiving break and taking part in the WGSO (Whitman Graduate Student Organization) events are some of the many memorable moments at Whitman.

During the summer, I worked with Mondelez International in Singapore as a procurement intern. My project was to cover all the import and export duties for cocoa, chocolate and nuts in the AMEA region (Asia, Middle East and Africa).

Are your goals or plans different since starting your MS?
Yes, before beginning my M.S. program, I wanted to go back to work in my home country immediately after graduation. Now, I have decided to work away from home. I believe that working abroad will help develop my skill sets more and I will get a better view of how businesses function in other countries. However, my plan is to go back to work in Saudi Arabia eventually.

What is your dream job?
Presently, I want to gain experience working in the corporate sector. In the future, I want to start my own logistics company.

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