Finance and Economics
From the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar to the plains of the Upper Midwest, Abhishek’s Tippie experience has been the very definition of “stepping outside the comfort zone.”
When looking at his higher education options, Abhishek says that he wanted “a completely different life experience, where I would be able to experience things I never would have been able to at home.” Arriving in Iowa City in August 2011, that’s exactly what he got.
Qatar, a small nation on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, is an absolute monarchy that has been ruled by one family since the mid-19th Century and is home to the world’s largest natural gas reserves. Regularly reaching 110 degrees in the summer, it rarely drops below 50 degrees in the winter. One of Abhishek’s favorite facts? “Soccer is the most popular sport, and Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, becoming the first Arab country to host it.”
Abhishek chose Tippie for the quality of the College and the opportunities of a large public university. Early in his Iowa career, he realized that involvement was the key to an enriching experience. He assisted with Tippie Build in the College of Business and became involved in the Indian Student Alliance through friends in the organization. This provided him with an outlet for leadership and opportunity for friendship. He currently serves as Publicity Chair, responsible for planning and promoting club events.
Looking back on his experience so far, he offers this advice for incoming international students: “Get involved your freshman year. It’s important to start taking advantage of everything the school has to offer your first year, so you can start building connections and a network for yourself. It’s important not to be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try things you never have before.”
The transition has not been an easy one, but Abhishek is grateful for the life experiences gained from his years at Iowa. He says, “Being away from my family was one the hardest parts at first, but I realized this helped me become more self-confident and independent. Studying abroad also taught me how to adapt and deal with change and experience another culture.”
It’s good advice for international and American students alike!