Conquering uncertainty, dancing with data, and embracing growth

Published on 1 June 2023

Femi David shares his transformative journey as an international student.

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Exactly 10 months ago, I was sitting on my bed with a million and one questions racing through my thoughts. I was about to resign from my 9 to 5 job so that I could embark on an exciting adventure as an international student at the University of Dundee School of Business. It was a leap of faith, and let me tell you, the jump felt scarier than a tightrope walker crossing Niagara Falls without a safety net. I had countless uncertainties swirling in my mind, giving me a serious case of anxiety. The mere thought of leaving my home country and venturing over 5000 kilometres to the United Kingdom had me feeling like I was being asked to navigate through a pitch-black room. Talk about spine-chilling!

Being an introvert, one of my biggest fears was adapting to different cultural backgrounds. I wondered how I would fit in and make connections. Would I find my place in this tapestry of diversity and forge connections that transcended borders? It was like being a puzzle piece from a different set, unsure if I would seamlessly blend into the grand mosaic of university life. And let's not forget the nagging worries about job opportunities and that sneaky imposter syndrome lurking in the shadows, whispering slyly like a master of disguise.

As I took my first steps on campus, I realised that each person I met was like a brushstroke on a vibrant canvas, adding their unique colours and perspectives to the masterpiece of student life. Those worries that once plagued me began to fade away as I discovered the beauty in embracing our differences and celebrating the shared human experience.

As time went by, I learned to see my imposter syndrome as mere spectres of self-doubt, eager to be unmasked and replaced with the unwavering confidence that comes from pursuing one's passion. Just as I confronted my fears and insecurities head-on, I summoned the courage to address every challenge that crossed my path while delving deeper into the realm of my passion in Business Analytics. With each step forward, I unearthed hidden reservoirs of knowledge, quenching my thirst for growth and propelling myself toward new horizons.

Exactly 10 months into my Master's program in Business Analytics at the University of Dundee School of Business, I can confidently say that this journey has been nothing short of transformative. It's been like learning how to dance blindfolded and not giving a care about who's watching. I've shed my introverted shell and embraced the joy of building meaningful connections along the way. Time management has become my trusty companion, injecting efficiency into the very core of my daily life, turbocharging my productivity.

The knowledge I've gained in business analytics has been a treasure trove, courtesy of brilliant professors and academic tutors who have guided me through engaging lectures and enlightening lab sessions. They've equipped me with the tools to navigate the complex world of Business Analytics, making me feel like a Sherlock Holmes of numbers.

But it's not just about crunching numbers and deciphering algorithms. I've also honed my ability to express my thoughts with clarity and precision. Through the use of journey and empathy maps, I've unlocked the power to articulate my ideas and transform them into actionable plans. It's like I've become the captain of my own ship, skilfully navigating the vast sea of possibilities.

So, here I stand, 10 months into my Master's program, filled with gratitude for the growth I've experienced in every aspect of my life. It turns out that venturing into the unknown wasn't as daunting as it seemed. In fact, it's been a thrilling roller coaster ride, propelling me toward a future I never could have imagined.

Remember, life is like a box of analytics—full of surprises, patterns, and insights waiting to be discovered. And as I continue this incredible journey, I eagerly anticipate the next chapter, armed with newfound knowledge, confidence, and a passion to conquer the world, one data point at a time.

Written by Femi David, Student Blogger

Story category Student experience