Graduation

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“That’s it, I’m done with school!”

I was elated to say the least. The sun was bright, and leaves blowing in the cool Chicago breeze drew a nostalgic backdrop for us graduates and our sobbing parents in the stands — some in happiness, some disbelief.

It was the summer of 2006 at the Northwestern campus and earlier that day, a certain Senator Obama delivered some of the most elegantly stringed words in his commencement speech.

“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition,” he said, “It asks too little of yourself. And it will leave you unfulfilled,” he added.

You couldn’t ask for a more inspiring preamble to your next chapter in life. And evidently, I was excited.

I was 23, and I had just received the scroll to mark the end of my undergraduate studies and schooling years as I knew it. After 16 years of formal education, I was set to embark on a journey into the “real world”, and going back to the classroom was the last thing on my mind.

But that was eight years ago, and things have slightly changed.

I’m 31 now, Mr. Obama is no longer a Senator, and I actually miss college. I am itching for a new challenge in life, and pursuing an MBA checks all the boxes that I have to quench my thirst for adventure.

So here I am, writing as a Global MBA student of Imperial College Business School.

The program allows me to experience world-class education, while pursuing my professional aspirations. And its structured curriculum, coupled with the institution’s reputation at the forefront of technology, is a complete package that I can never get elsewhere.

The lectures might be in South Kensington, but the classroom, as I see it, is around the world.

I look forward to sharing this journey with you.

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Asrif Yusoff

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Asrif Yusoff studied on the Global Online MBA from 2015-17