“If not for the scholarship, I would not have been able to come here and study at one of the best universities in Australia, so I’m really grateful.”
For Abdullah Sajjad, in his second semester of a Bachelor of Applied Finance, finding out he had received the MUIS scholarship was a big surprise.
“To be honest, I was on the verge of crying,” he recalls. “I was like ‘What? I got the scholarship?’ I felt I must have done something really great.”
Abullah says that leaving his family in Pakistan to study in Australia was tough, but provided an opportunity for personal growth.
“It is quite difficult to be in a totally different world without your family,” he notes. “But by doing everything yourself, it improves you as a person – you get to know yourself.”
He says programs like mentors@macquarie help ease the transition for first-year students.
“They really helped me a lot, in terms of how to study and where to go for help.”
Abdullah has been impressed with the style of teaching at Macquarie, particularly its focus on real-life applications.
“In Pakistan, we are more used to the theoretical teaching and we don’t get a lot of examples from real life,” he says. “My economics teacher here is always relating content to the Global Financial Crisis, which is really good.”
He says the professional experience of the teaching staff is another benefit.
“A lot of the teachers at Macquarie are not just academics, but professionals,” he says. “So you are getting knowledge from someone who has actually worked in the industry.”
“You also get to meet people from so many different backgrounds, it opens your eyes to the career options available.”
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