Juber AhmedBanking and International Finance
Juber is a 3rd year BSc Banking and International Finance student. He had a rewarding time studying abroad at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
What were you doing before you came to study at Cass Business School?
I was studying Accounting, Economics and Maths A-Levels at Havant Sixth form College, while working part-time in retail.
Why did you decide to apply to study at Cass?
I was looking for a University in London with links to multinational companies. I was also enthusiastic about learning specifically about Banking and International Finance which many universities do not offer.
What inspired you to undertake a study abroad placement?
I have always wanted to visit the US, but never had the opportunity. This was the perfect opportunity for me to learn more about life in the States while having the backing of a university behind me which makes the process of moving countries a more comfortable experience.
Why did you choose to study in the USA?
I was inspired by the enthusiastic and entrepreneurial culture of the States and wanted to experience it for myself.
Tell us about campus life at the University of Maryland.
Campus life is the opposite of living in a city. It allowed me to easily meet so many new students and enjoy the extra-curricular activities available within campus. I would compare the experience to living in a small city with just students which was interesting to say the least.
Campus life was eye opening. It forced me to create a family outside my own in the opposite side of the world. The range of people from exchange students to people born in the States opened my eyes to all of the global opportunities after university.
What was the most important thing you learned about yourself whilst studying abroad?
I learnt that the only thing which holds us back from really achieving what we want is fear and the desire to not be outside of our comfort zone. After a tough first few days adjusting, I learnt that I will gain the most rewards from overcoming my fear and just being myself.
What do you plan to do after you graduate?
I plan to work within consulting or finance, while travelling the world.
What would be your top tip for applicants thinking about studying abroad?
Don’t hesitate, just do it. If you are thinking about it, the chances are that you really want to do it but are fearful in case it doesn’t match up to your expectations or it will be difficult living on your own somewhere completely foreign. Once you are there, release any expectations and enjoy the journey!