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A tête-à-tête with an ex-student

28 August 2019

Rehana Savani graduated in May this year and visited the Academy this week. Rehana, who is a proud recipient of the Global Citizen Award from the University of Alberta, begins her studies in Economics in September.  Dr Long had a chance to ask her a few questions during her visit. Here is an edited transcript of their conversation.


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What are some of the strongest memories you cherish of your time at the Academy?
The friendliness of the place and the chance to explore what I am really passionate about.
What according to you, makes a great teacher?
Someone who creates strong relationships with their students and is caring. Someone who uses interactive and engaging approaches.  And, I must say, I had many such teachers here at the Academy!
What was your favourite place on campus?
The Library – it was always the perfect environment to study!
How do you think you changed as a result of your time here?
I definitely became more confident – I was very shy when I arrived! Over the years spent here, I have learnt to appreciate and value different point of views, to value diversity and to see things from a global perspective.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
I am passionate about economics. I discovered this passion while I was a student here. I would love to be involved in research and teaching.
Do you have a favourite quotation?
Yes, I do, it’s from the author Chinua Achebe “Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” I love it because it reminds me of the importance of perspective – something which my experience at the Academy taught me to value.