BA Business Administration and Management, American University of Beirut
What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
Before joining Imperial College Business School, I completed an internship at Impact BBDO where I was an account management trainee in their Beirut office. I also interned at the Bank of Beirut, a leading bank in Lebanon, more specifically in the Risk Management department at their headquarters and was working with an amazing team.
Why did you decide to study an MSc Management at Imperial College Business School?
The MSc Management programme at Imperial was the most flexible I found in London, a city I always wanted to study in. Getting the chance to tailor my Master's throughout the year with electives that interest me, enabled me to create the pathway that matches my career aspirations. Plus, studying at one of the top 10 universities in the world was an amazing experience.
Did you receive a scholarship?
Receiving a Chevening scholarship made me realise how much hard work and dedication can pay off. It also gave me the motivation and drive to perform at a high level with my studies at Imperial, as well as give me the confidence that the staff at the Business School believe in my capabilities.
What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy the most?
The aspect of the programme I enjoyed the most is getting international exposure. Whether it was through our international electives, the competitions we were able take part in or the diversity of the cohort itself. - I felt that I was never limited to the Business School, and in class learnings I was able to jump outside of my comfort zone.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
My favourite module so far is the Leadership class taught by Dr Sankalp Chaturvedi. He taught the module in a very practical way, rather than solely focusing on theory, and I believe it helped all of us learn more about ourselves and the leader inside of us, as well as develop key skills such as team management and negotiation.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
For me, the most challenging part of the programme was managing my time and energy between classes, along with all the activities and events I attended throughout the year. Personally, I think that they are equally as important, and I felt that whatever I invested in them resulted in more learning opportunities and advancements at the Business School. I found myself lucky to be studying at a university that provides me with so many opportunities, so I tried my best not to miss out on anything.
Did you attend an international elective?
I attended the Global Immersion Trip to Hong Kong, it was one of the most memorable experiences for me. I never imagined myself to travel to this part of the world, discover not only the cultural aspect of it but also how businesses operate there - and be accompanied by a group of amazing people.
Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
I believe we were lucky to be taught by such high-profile lecturers for all our modules. I enjoyed Maria’s enthusiasm, James’ professionalism, Sankalp’s dedication but if I had to pick just one, I would say Jolande Bot-Vos was my favourite professor. As our Accounting lecturer, she used ways to make us assimilate the material easily. But it was outside the classroom that I believe I learned the most from her. Whether it was during the Global Immersion trip to Hong Kong, where I noticed how she wouldn’t miss a single learning opportunity or around the Business School, fulfilling her role of Academic Director - she taught me how to stay curious, keep expanding my knowledge and make great use of my leadership skills.
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?
I had so many opportunities provided to me throughout my year at Imperial, but the most impactful ones were the possibility of learning a new language (Spanish) in the evenings, to be able to do an exchange program at HEC Paris and attend exclusive events such as the British chamber of Commerce International Trade Summit in London or the AGC 6th Annual European Technology Growth Summit.
What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?
I have been chosen as a Student Ambassador for the programme and the Business School. I worked closely with the Marketing and Admissions teams, met prospective and incoming students and took part in interesting events such as the world’s first holographic lecture right from the Business School’s campus in South Kensington.
When you’re not studying, what do you enjoy doing?
I spent a lot of time at the gym either trying new classes such as barre, body attack, Pilates or even wall climbing. On the weekends I usually planned trips outside of London and have visited 14 other cities in the UK so far!
If you had to move to London for the programme, what have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London? What advice would you give to someone in a similar position?
Moving to London is challenging at the beginning, especially when choosing the location you want to live in. What I did was take a trip to London a few months before the start of the programme to see first-hand where I would be most comfortable living. My advice would be to try to live close to the campus for convenience, since you’ll be spending most of your days there, either for classes, meetings or extracurriculars.
Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online webinars or on-campus information sessions?
I attended the online visa webinar to get more information about the whole process. I was not familiar with the UK system and everything related to the CAS number, but the international office team really made it so simple and clear for all of us. I would recommend future students or applicants to attend these webinars as they are very useful and could avoid any misconceptions about studying at the Business School.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
Start researching about the Business School programmes early, make sure you select the one that fits your needs best and take your time in the application process to make sure you showcase how unique you are. Most importantly, do not worry about getting something wrong, the only bad thing you could do is not apply at all!