Business Bobcat Q&A: Noha Al-Khalqi
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Name: Noha Al-Khalqi
Class year: 2017
Why did you choose Ohio University? : The business program is strong, and I also liked variety of classes and resources the College provides for students.
How did you choose your major(s)? : I knew I wanted to choose a major that would help me give back to the community, and thought business would be a good path to take. When I took my first entrepreneurship class, I really started to understand what being an entrepreneur meant, and found my niche in social entrepreneurship.
How has your involvement in student organizations/select programs added to your education? : Being involved has helped me in ways that I never expected. For example, I’ve discovered new interests, like consulting, that I hadn’t thought of before. It’s also allowed me to apply things I learned in class into real-life settings.
What experiences have you had with the College of Business Centers of Excellence? : As a whole, the services the Centers provide have been really valuable. They are a resource for students, and provide any help or guidance that we need. The Center for Entrepreneurship hosts a lot of speakers that I’ve attended as well.
What is your favorite class in the College of Business and why? : The Integrated Business Cluster classes were the most interesting. They’re really practical, very intense, and vigorous, but I learned a lot.
How has your College of Business experience shaped you as a student? : All of the classes and student organizations have made me become interested in social entrepreneurship. The classes teach me about it, the student organizations help me apply it, and the Center for Entrepreneurship is so supportive of me pursing it.
I’ve also learned to embrace team-based learning during my time here. A lot of our classes have used this approach, and it’s really helped me to develop skills like communication and delegating. The skills are so important to learn because working with others is inevitable later on.
What are your career goals, and how did you figure out what you wanted to do? : In comparison to my peers, I see myself as taking a more unconventional path because I’m interested less in the corporate world and more in the social work field through the lens of business. My career goal is to be a social entrepreneur to help communities in developing countries. As an international student, my goal is to go back to Yemen with all of these skills I’ve learned and to apply them there.
Where is your favorite place to hang out on campus/in Athens? : I love the bike path. You can go all around the city on it!
What do you and your friends do for fun on campus? : I enjoy playing sports and going bowling.
What is your favorite thing to eat on campus/in Athens? : I like Salaam and Big Mamma’s Burritos.
What do you like best about living in Athens? : I really value how safe it is here. I also like the student vibe. It’s really unique.
Why should a prospective student consider Ohio University’s College of Business? : Because they can take whatever they want to do and create it here through student organizations, the Centers of Excellence, and the professors. The College provides a really flexible and individualized, personalized experience.