Tehreem Aqsa


University Lecturer at the National College of Business Administration and Economics in Pakistan
MSc in Marketing 2014

Are you glad you came to GCU and why? 

I chose GCU because of its location. I’m from a country where movement of single women is quite confined so with this thought, I chose GCU because it was a safer place to live. I remember going to university was an amazing experience. 

It was totally different from my culture. From fresher’s week to my graduation, I lived a life. I learned new ways of studying and living. I learned to live and maintain patience and make friends with other students of different nationalities. The teachers were extremely considerate. Life at the campus and dorms was beautiful. 

I had many experiences but the most memorable one is my birthday. All my flatmates threw a party and, for the first time in my life, took me to a nightclub but I didn’t know that I had to take my ID. 

The girls with me were very excited to go in but when the bouncer excluded me because I didn’t have any ID, everyone with me refused to go in. That was the moment which had a deep impact on me and I learned humanity is beyond creed, colour, culture, and class. 

I loved the free ceilidh classes in student association building, the cultural events, Scottish food and affordable and stylish clothing. I cannot summarise my whole experience here but as a whole, I must say it was beautiful time. 

How has your career progressed since graduation? Did your qualification aid you? 

After my degree, I returned to my home country. I am working as a university lecturer. I got a good job. I am way more confident in terms of knowledge and interpersonal skill. GCU has played a life-changing role in my life. 

I was not a very confident and hard working person but studying at GCU and living in Scotland broadened my horizon and has changed my approach towards life. Now I calculate facts and figures before doing anything. I am more professional, composed and consistent after graduating from GCU. I am socially more responsible. 

I have a vision for my life. I have a plan to do a PhD and excel in my career. I want to do something bigger which not only benefits me but also others associated with me. I feel the courage to take my career to next level. I feel all this energy because of learning and living in a multicultural environment at GCU. 

What advice would you give to current students and new graduates? 

The beginning of everything is difficult but if we keep practicing it will be not a burden. The only thing you can do is keep learning, be consistent and keep chasing your dreams.

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