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Danisha Mudalige

Accounting and Finance
Danisha Mudalige

Danisha is an Accounting and Finance graduate from Cass Business School. She chose to study at Cass as it is a well-renowned institution.

Why did you decide to apply to Cass Business School?

The main thing that attracted me to study at Cass Business School was the fact it is regarded as one of the best in the country to study Accounting and Finance. I had a look at the modules and topics I would be covering whilst here and it seemed like the perfect fit. Furthermore, it is one of few UK degrees which are supported by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and therefore, by the end of the degree, I will have exemptions for 8 out of 13 of my accounting exams, enabling my path to becoming a Chartered Accountant with a lot more ease.

Cass Business School is a well-renowned institution, not only locally, but globally as well, and for someone who is definitely interested in the prospect of working abroad, this seemed to be a great name to have.

Once you’d received offers from different universities how did you make your decision to choose City?

Once I received my offers, I spoke to everyone I knew in my life about their take on the situation- parents, friends, teachers, so I could compile a pros and cons list. Yes, it may sound a tad corny, but nothing beats a good pros and cons list. Ergo, I compiled one for each university offer I received, and thus, whichever resulted in a larger pro list than cons, was the one I was going to go to in the end, and evidently, Cass was the winner for me.

What was your favourite thing about studying at Cass?

My favourite thing about studying at Cass and City was definitely the fact it allows me study and live in London - there is no city like it. There is always something to do. Whether it be a restaurant handing out a free food (which, honestly, you could occupy most of your time with this activity alone), cool pop up restaurants/bars/experiences/cinemas, to studying in the prettiest of places like Senate House or the Wellcome Collection. You never get bored. Moreover, London is the home to so many students, meaning not only do you get to meet so many people at our university alone, but you also get to integrate with students from all other institutions, meaning you will meet people from all walks of life, which is definitely one of my favourite things to do too.

What kind of things were you involved in outside of your course?

Outside of my course I was a Student Ambassador, which is not only a great way to meet people and make friends, but you also get to represent the University at events and show people around campus which is a fun and proud thing to do. I was also part of the Student Media Team, in which I write articles for “The Howl”, our university’s paper, and conduct a radio show on “Carrot Radio”, our university’s radio station. I was also dabbled a bit in the City University of London Girl’s Hockey Team and soon realised… I am terrible at hockey. But hey, I tried, and that’s what matters.

Have you had the opportunity to do any work experience, placements of study abroad?

I have had great opportunities with Morgan Stanley and Microsoft, as well as at Gartner, which I was able to acquire through the help of my mentor Laura, who I gained as a result of the Professional Mentoring Scheme here at City. Nevertheless, the best opportunity I received, by far, was the chance to spend a year studying in Vancouver, Canada, via a study abroad scheme. Easily, the best experiences of my life, and I am so very grateful that my time, here at Cass, allowed me to do that.

What would be your top tip for our applicants?

Talk to everyone, but ultimately, choose whatever you want to choose, at the end of the day, you only get to live your life once so best to live it the way you want to.