Business student shares entrepreneurial aspirations

Mikel Jay Foeh-Lang

Hometown: Yokohama, Japan

Born: July 23, 1992

Fun fact: English is his second language. His first language was Bahaasa Indonesian. He also speaks Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Java.

“I genuinely feel like we are all on this campus for change,” says business major Mikel Jay Foeh-Lang.

What makes Foeh-Lang so interesting is that he comes from many backgrounds. He was born in Yokohama, Japan, and raised in Indonesia. In 2006, his family moved to Alaska to start a new beginning within the American world. His father is German-American and his mother is of Indonesian descent.

He attended Campbell Elementary , Mears Middle School and then South Anchorage High School, where he graduated in 2012. Then Foeh-Lang enrolled at UAA the following semester and is in the process of obtaining his associate degree in business.

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“Hopefully I’m gonna be the person to actually be in the business industry,” he said.

Foeh-Lang has long held an interest in the business career field. With all the cultures he grew up around, he always witnessed how universal business was.

“It was just like, you know, just everywhere,” he said. “It was very cool, just really like that.”

His post-collegiate goals include attending Washington State University for graduate school. After that, he hopes to start his own hotel chain. Hospitality seems natural to him because he has been around various cultures and observed what factors are most important for the general public’s enjoyment.

In his free time, Foeh-Lang enjoys lifting weights at the gym, as well as spending time with his close friends on the weekends. He is currently single and is open to love.

“Always keep love close to your heart because it is the most powerful force in the world,” he said.

Foeh-Lang believes he has what it takes to become a prominent businessman in the industry, and no one is going to stop him on his way to get to the top.