Samuel Kwasi Awudi
MSc Finance, 2015
- From Akatsi, Ghana
- Volunteered for Age UK
- Student Ambassador
Samuel Kwasi Awudi made an immediate impression on his arrival in Bradford, getting involved in both University life and the wider community in Bradford.
Samuel previously worked as an Assistant Regional Accountant for Ghana's National Commission for Civic Education, and is a member of the United Nations Association - Ghana.
He decided to study MSc Finance at the University of Bradford to improve his career prospects, and also completed a pre-sessional English Language and Academic Skills course at our Language Centre.
Samuel heard about Bradford "from a student handbook on UK universities compiled by the British Council and a recommendation from a lecturer who attended Bradford and taught me portfolio management in Ghana".
"l chose Bradford based on the five main reasons below:
- the ranking of the University's School of Management with Triple Crown Accreditation
- Second, how the MSc Finance course is designed to suit people who want to become a finance specialist
- affordable place to live
- career prospects after school
- also to have the opportunity to visit the beautiful and peaceful Yorkshire countryside."
But when he got here, Samuel got involved in much more than his course. He volunteered to help out in the University and in the local community, becoming a befriender for the charity Age UK - chatting with senior citizens in their homes and going for walks with them. He also helped gather public opinion on health and social care service delivery for the Healthwatch Bradford programme, and trained with Bradford Youth Development Partnership.
Samuel also welcomed new pre-sessional English students to the University, and worked as a Student Ambassador greeting new international students as arrived at the airport. He says he had a great welcome to the University himself when he arrived:
"l received a very warm reception upon my arrival though it was on weekend.
"The university hub, international office and the language centre have been very supportive, trying to provide me the necessary information l needed to settle.
"l met some Chinese friends who assisted me with my luggage to The Green.
"Bradford has a very welcoming multicultural environment, it has attracted students from all over the world, from Africa down to Asia and some parts of America.
"You will find students from Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya, Japan, Vietnam, Qatar, Oman, Germany, France, Estonia, India, Pakistan, China, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Bangladesh and America to name a few.
"And the University has proved beyond doubt that it is indeed an enabling environment where knowledge and ideas across many perspectives are shared.
"The pre-sessional course has really helped me develop sound academic writing skills especially when it comes writing coursework, which involves critical analysis and interpretation.
"l had very good grades in the individual modules that l personally wrote including my final dissertation."