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Anna Kozlowska is an International Marketing student from Poland and volunteered and student class rep while studying here. Here, Anna looks back on the last four years with GCU and what made it special for her.
I studied at GCU because…
I am graduating today with the BA (Hons) International Marketing. When I was deciding on which university to choose, GCU appealed to me. It looked like a modern institution and it focused on skills development and employability. These are important to me and it’s what attracted me to go ahead and choose to study at ‘Caley’. As a business student, I wanted not only to learn theory but also how to apply it in my future career.
What’s been most important to you?
Opportunities! I have been involved since day one at GCU and it has been great! I worked on the campus, represented students, participated in cultural events, and many, many more. Being actively involved helped me to meet many people around the campus, from other students to university staff such as lecturers and people `behind the scene`. This made the campus feel like home very quickly!
What’s been your biggest lesson learned?
Not to get discouraged by failures! As I always say to my friends, ‘to go UP sometimes you need to go down first’. Some unexpected events may change our plans and we might not be happy about it now, but if you look back on it from the perspective of time… `everything happens for a reason!’
Do you believe we are the University for the Common Good?
I am an altruist by nature, so thinking about others and helping comes automatically. I would not be myself if I do not offer help to the person that is in need. The world would really be a better place if we all thought that way!
Who inspires you?
I am going to say it is my grandma. I have always looked up to her and how strong and successful of a person she is. Although her life is very simple and completely different from mine, I am so thankful for the qualities and values that she incorporated in me and these will help me to get far in life.
“Thanks to my degree, I now know exactly what interests me the most and what slightly less. I start a graduate job in London very soon, working for a global company which is where I always imagined myself.
In my new job, I am sure I will find many opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills that I learned here at GCU.”
If we bumped into you on campus, where are you most likely to be and why?
I feel like I am always all around the place, but let`s say Saltire Centre. Often I try to find a quiet corner in the building to sip my coffee, look through my e-mails and pretty much organise myself.
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