We are excited to announce that Ahmad Abuzahra, one of our 2017 graduating students, has been offered a place at Cornell University, starting in August this year. Cornell is a private Ivy League research university located in Ithaca, New York. For the past year, Ahmad has been studying at Georgetown University in Qatar, but is looking forward to a change of lifestyle – and weather – with his move to the USA. We caught up with Ahmad to find out more about his move and his plans for the future. We offer him heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for his years ahead at Cornell and his future post-university.

You spent this past year studying in Qatar. What did you like about that?

Qatar provided a great education and amazing friends. The people that I met in Doha are what made my experience amazing. My friends there—whether they were classmates, professors, or colleagues—are a very diverse and intelligent bunch. Spending a year in the Middle East also provides  an intimate insight into some different elements of the region’s culture and politics, which adds to my understanding of the world.

Why have you chosen Cornell?

Among the greatest universities in the world, Cornell is my pick for its interdisciplinary academics and genuine socio-economic diversity. The Economics program is also very strong and effective at placing in good career paths.

Growing up internationally, I am most comfortable in a diverse environment. From the 1800s when Cornell was founded, it began to set precedents for accepting and integrating minorities into elite institutions. In interdisciplinary academics, Cornell is similar to the IB in how it strongly encourages broad learning.

What will you be studying? How long will it take? What do you hope to do once you have graduated?

Currently, I plan to major in Economics and minor in either Computer Science or Near Eastern Studies. It will take three more years for me to receive an undergraduate degree: Class of 2021. After graduation, I plan to work in either the finance or technology sector.

What are you most looking forward to?

Cornell’s campus is very beautiful; I’m quite excited to step on the crunchy red-brown autumn leaves and smell the misty waterfalls.

Image from: https://cornell.zoom.us/

When do you move there?

Early August!

Is there anything you’d like to tell current IGBIS students – advice or words of wisdom?

My teachers at IGBIS are some of the most wise and impactful people that have entered my life. Though many of them aren’t with IGBIS anymore, I would still advise students to take advantage of the attention which teachers so freely give. Work with them ahead of time on papers and exam prep.

Anything else you’d like to add?

IGBIS is a great school and housed an amazing teaching staff. All students are presented with a very valuable opportunity and I am proud to be an alumni.

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