Tuesday, 20 November 2012
UCB Student Success Stories are a reflection of the quality and hard work of our students, as well as the commitment and dedication of our faculty and staff. From business students serving in prestigious fellowships to those majors conducting research in the Media, IT and Banking sectors, UCB students are succeeding in ways and on levels that rival many of the top universities in the country. This is UCB’s latest initiative in showcasing and promoting student success. You can find these stories in the UCB Website and News Letter.
“You can make so much of any opportunity… if you want to.”
It’s a personal statement self-professed by one of our brightest and ever smart graduates, Ramla Al Haddad. Currently working at General Electric (GE) Bahrain, she prides herself of being independent and getting things done by her own.
Ramla proved to be a very intelligent student even during her high school days. She secured a very high score level of 97 .2% in the high school period. She completed her Bachelors in Banking and Finance from UCB and further decided to go with her Masters in Banking and Finance, which is a unique course of study combining standard coursework with intensive organizational experience in place of the typical theory classes. And as a result of her hard work she secured 3.78 grades in college.
As another success story unfolds here, let us have a closer look into how UCB played an inevitable role in building her career.
UCB Campus Life
“I was so shy when I first joined UCB”, says Ramla. I still vividly remember my first day in college. I was so excited in meeting new people. UCB seemed more like a second home for me. It was a bit difficult at first to be with people I never knew. I didn't know how I should behave just to fit in. But eventually, everything went smoothly. I met wonderful friends whom are still my best buddies even until now. Every time we would meet up, we will never fail to recall how we were back in college; how we were molded to what we are now. College is a dry run of the rest of our lives. It's a training ground on how to be successful and become successful persons.
How has UCB trained you?
When I first joined UCB, I was totally unaware of the competitive world outside and I never knew how to think out of the box. UCB presented me with a lot of case studies and outside corporate world, which is vast and dynamic. This made me realize that, a college degree is not something that you should choose to have; it is something that should be essential to your success and that’s why I proceeded with my Masters in UCB.
When it comes to extra-curricular activities, UCB gave so much exposure with the outside events and social activities which was happening in Bahrain and also in the nearby countries. This made me aware of the entire world outside my home and college. I could participate in many social and outgoing college events and thus I became so familiar with the overall environment.
Since my school days I am pampering my career and academic dream in my mind. My ultimate dream is to obtain a PhD in one of the energy sectors and later pursue a higher level career based on my academic background. I am constantly receiving all the motivation and support from Dr. Khalid Al Khalifa, Founder and Chairman of UCB regarding the thesis submission and matters related to the research. I take this opportunity to express all my gratitude towards him and for UCB.
As we say there are no such short ways for success. But we should realize our goal initially then work towards it until we achieve it. In my case, I can tell you that I am energetic to do my task, highly ambitious to achieve the goal, I really work hard to make sure that I have what I aimed for and most importantly, I don’t give up easily.
Inspirations from the Lecturers in UCB
Unlike other Universities the most differentiating quality of UCB lecturers is that they all are very open, easily reachable, very much responsible and dedicated on their classes and students. Primarily they are my advisors regarding academic and career related queries. Another important point to be made clear is that all of the lecturers have a strong academic background which is inevitable and also decades of experience in their respective fields. So they are essentially the assets of UCB. Also I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my teachers and especially, Dr. Mukhtar Al Hashimi for all his support and guidance he bestowed me with.
Any message for the freshers?
“Always think out of the box to grasp learning behind education, because it will help you to build a better future career”
Do you have any role models in life?
I would like to follow the footsteps of my Father, Mr. Nasser Al Haddad, who is a lawyer and a complete professional. From my childhood itself he has been a great inspiration and motivation throughout my personal and professional life.