Asad Akram ‘13

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  • Pakistan
  • Class of 2013
  • MBA (Finance)
  • International Students Club
  • Scranton Emerging Leaders Program
  • University of Scranton Programming Board

Why did you decide to study in the United States of America? 

I chose the United States for completing my graduate studies because the U.S. offers the best education experience for people around the world. Every year Business Week ranks the top universities worldwide and most of the top universities are from the United States. Moreover, the opportunities to further grow in your field of choice are far greater in the U.S. as compared to other countries.

Why did you choose Scranton? 

I chose Scranton because of its established reputation in the northeast and the courses that it offered towards my field of interest – business. The student-teacher ratio at Scranton is very low, which encourages a lot of discussion and one-on-one interaction between the students and the teacher. This is very helpful for students, especially if you are an international student.

Also, my choice of Scranton was determined by the Pakistani Fellowship which the University offers. Dr. Riaz Hussain manages that fellowship and it was through my regular interaction with him, which ranged over a period of almost one year, that I was selected as the best admit from Pakistan, and was given the Pakistani Fellowship.

Also, my elder brother completed his Master's in Health Administration from The University of Scranton, and his opinion about the University was also a major factor in my final decision.

What was it like coming from your country to Scranton? 

It has been a great experience so far. The difference in coming from Pakistan and living and studying in United States is a lot. I feel like I’m a different person now, more independent, more vocal, more social, and the educational experience has made me more focused on my future, and where I see myself five years from now.

What was your biggest surprise about U.S. life and education? 

Being used to a system where there is not much interaction between the teachers and the students other than the classrooms, I felt the difference almost suddenly where I was able to interact with teachers in their offices, classrooms, and virtually anywhere on the campus!

What do you like best about Scranton? 

I like so many things about The University of Scranton, including the friendly and diverse student body, the always ready to help faculty, the excellent facilities (especially the gym!) and the overall experience and pride of being a part of Scranton!

How easy or difficult was it to make new friends in the U.S.? 

It was fairly easy I would say. With the University providing the initial platform with the international student orientation and the activities at the International Club, I was able to make friends from all over the world.

What have your relationships with professors been like? 

The professors have been very cordial and helpful in every way and they are always available to meet. How easily students can interact with professors is one of the best reasons to choose Scranton.

In general, how has your academic experience been at Scranton? 

I would say it’s been an excellent experience so far, and I would certainly recommend friends from my country to consider The University of Scranton for their studies.
Describe your involvement on campus and how it has helped your personal development (social, leadership, spiritual, etc.). 

My involvement on campus has been mainly through different social clubs and their events. I have been fortunate enough to spend some quality time at all of these events and have managed to make a diverse group of friends. Also, I attended the Scranton Emerging Leaders Program on campus which really helped me in improving my leadership skills. Moreover, the University has a Mosque on campus for the Muslim community in Scranton which has really helped me stay connected with my religion and enhance my spiritual belief.

What do you do for fun? 

I participate in different activities for fun depending on the day of the week. These activities include playing tennis, table tennis, working out at the gym, going to different movie theatres around the area, hanging out with friends, travelling around the country, etc.

What is your favorite spot on campus? 

I have quite a few favorite spots on campus. These include the library, the International Student Affairs office, the DeNaples Center, and the new gym.

How has the Jesuit philosophy of “men and women for others” shaped your Scranton experience? 

The Jesuit philosophy has provided me with an experience that is filled with great moral and ethical values. It is a great model for students to follow as they are taught to become selfless within the community.

What are your career goals? 

My short-term career goals include finding a job related to my educational background, getting my CFA certification, and making strong business connections. In the long-term I want to utilize all my skills, education, and experience to move up higher on the ladder of success in my profession.

What is your advice to other students who are considering Scranton? 

My advice would be that the diversity of the learning experience at the University along with the collaborative environment and innovative paradigm is very unique. If you want to get a quality education, in a very friendly environment, then The University of Scranton is the place to be.

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