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Malek Nasser

Position
From: Egypt
Studying: BSc Economics and Finance
I speak
Arabic and English
From
Egypt
Studying
BSc Economics and Finance

Hi everyone! I’m Malek from Egypt. 

I’m a third year Economics and Finance student. I came to Leeds after graduating from the American International School in Egypt (AISE). Before that, I spent four years at the Toronto French School (TFS) in Canada. Having moved several times throughout my childhood, I developed a deep desire to discover the world, despite my love for Egypt. 

From day one, my time at Leeds has been full of nothing but amazing experiences to look back at.

I know how hard it is to leave home and start over someplace new. However, with the right people in the right environment, you get the luxury of finding a “home away from home”. From day one, my time at Leeds has been full of nothing but amazing experiences to look back at. I’ve grown intensely as a person and learned so much about myself. I’ve met so many amazing people and I’ve been able to indulge in my passion for travel and photography by visiting countless cities over the past two years. This is something I love about living abroad – the way travel is much cheaper and more accessible, has enabled me to gain significant exposure into different cultures and backgrounds.  

So essentially, there’s something for everyone at Leeds. 

I also learned to appreciate the simple things in life, whether that’s a freshly toasted chicken chili mayo sandwich from Bakery 164 or simply a post-kickboxing-session protein bar. I love the wide range of diverse experiences the city has to offer. If you’re an athlete, think about joining a sports team. A foodie, have you tried Basco’s philly steak sandwich? A party animal? I can easily list ten places for a night out. I for one, enjoy the park on both a sunny day when my friends and I can barbeque and play spike ball, but also on a snow day when we’re running around in a snowball fight and taking cover behind the snowman we built. So essentially, there’s something for everyone at Leeds. 

Beyond that, the University of Leeds offers so much more. In terms of work experience and job opportunities, the university provides you with the support and tools you need to strive. Signing up to the MyCareer platform and attending career fairs was just the tip of the iceberg. Leeds helped me land a summer internship at Ernst & Young and has enabled me to network with countless diverse individuals, through both events and societies. The Leeds University Union offers over 300 student-led clubs and societies, focusing on a range of cultures, sports, and activities. Joining a society is a great way to meet new people, explore an interest, and take a breather from your studies. 

Although the workload of my course can sometimes feel overwhelming, my passion for what I study makes every ounce of stress worth it. As the perfect combination of theoretical and practical concepts, I believe Economics and Finance is the ultimate course to study within the Leeds University Business School (LUBS). The insight I’ve gained so far into world economies and financial markets is unmeasurable, and is the reason I am now confident in my intended career path. I guess what I’m trying to say is that no matter what you study, make sure you fall in love with every inch of it, because you will need the motivation when it’s 2am and you’re still studying at Laidlaw library. 

 So when it all comes down to telling someone about Leeds, it’s not just the university that I’m in love with. It’s a lifestyle and a growth journey that I will never forget.

 So when it all comes down to telling someone about Leeds, it’s not just the university that I’m in love with. It’s a lifestyle and a growth journey that I will never forget. Beneath all that growth, I still cherish and preserve every part of me from back home. As a Muslim, no matter the commitment I have, I never fail to attend a Jummah prayer in Leeds with my twenty other Egyptian friends, followed by a trip to Bakery 164. That’s the beauty of being an international student at Leeds. From the little things you enjoy, to the community you build, you set the foundation of your “home away from home”. 

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