by Ehsanul Mahmud, MBA candidate, class of 2018

photo of Ehsanul MahmudFor someone who spent most of his life in Bangladesh, the thought of moving to Toronto was as intimidating as it was exciting.

But when I got accepted to Schulich, I knew that my choice had been made for me. I wanted to walk the halls of the most beautiful business school I’ve seen.I wanted to meet people of all ages from the most diverse and unique backgrounds.

Most importantly, I wanted to believe in my education, and Schulich’s commitment to triple-bottom-line thinking fit the bill.

Touching Down in YYZ

business travelWhen I boarded the plane to Toronto, I was a bit of a nervous wreck. Flying above the clouds, questions raced through my mind. Would I be able to fit in? Would I feel a sense of purpose?

When I stepped out of Pearson airport into the chilly night air, and I saw strangers offering smiles and welcoming nods, I knew I had made the right call.

Flash Forward

Today, I can honestly say that I’ve started falling in love with the city of Toronto. For a big sports and movie fan like myself, Toronto is a dream location. The Toronto International Film Festival takes place every year, offering the best upcoming movies. The Toronto Raptors play NBA games less than an hour away – I can’t wait to go watch a game this season.

“For someone who spent most of his life in Bangladesh, the thought of moving to Toronto was as intimidating as it was exciting.”

Best of all though, the people here are kind and welcoming, and the interaction of cultures makes for a beautiful melting pot where new ideas take form. I consider myself very lucky because I get to be part of this creative and inclusive way-of-life every day at Schulich.

For my first course project, I was assigned to a team where all six members were from different places (Canada, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Japan, Azerbaijan and Bangladesh). I have learned how to reframe a challenge from a German professor. I have learned the intricacies of the oil industry from a new Brazilian friend. Every single moment at Schulich is an opportunity to look at life through a different pair of glasses.

If you’re thinking of coming to Toronto, don’t think twice. Just remember to pack some warm clothes (to layer up), some chap stick, and a sense of adventure!

Toronto skyline at sunsetSchulich Students Weigh in on Toronto:

  • “Toronto is one of the most diverse communities I have ever lived in, which truly welcomes people from various backgrounds. I really enjoy the different cultures and international foods that could be easily found in this city.” -Biying Liu, MF candidate

  • “I love all of the festivals that the city offers – from Caribana to the Festival of Lights to the Mac and Cheese Festival! There’s always something awesome to do.” -Zuhur Yusuf, MMgt candidate

  • “Toronto is a welcoming city. I have received lots of help from Toronto people since my first days here. I have been to several beautiful European cities, but Toronto has been the first one to give me the feeling that I am part of it since my very first moments.” -Khanh Trinh Vo, MBA candidate

Love for Toronto and Canada