Amougou Aristide Agbor
Aris chose to study at Loughborough University London due to our friendly and sociable environment.
Prior to studying MSc Diplomacy, Business and Trade, Amougou was in service as a diplomat at Cameroon's Ministry of External Relations.
What were you doing before you started your master’s degree?
I was in service as a diplomat at Cameroon's Ministry of External Relations.
Why did you choose Loughborough University London?
What’s your favourite thing about Loughborough University London?
There is a particular social warmth at Loughborough University London which I genuinely appreciate. The way people smile at you and are willing to engage in conversations, even with strangers amazes me.
Why did you decide to study your course?
I chose to study this course because I knew it would equip me with the necessary skills and qualification for my future career.
Describe what it is like to be a postgraduate student and how this differs from being an undergraduate.
I felt more in charge of my studies as a postgraduate student. For example, I was evaluated almost entirely on coursework rather than examinations which enabled me to choose questions on specific sectors that are of crucial importance to my career. There is certainly more of a focus on depth and your own interests.
Where do you see your career in 5 years’ time?
I hope to be working in arenas of international economic cooperation such as the World Trade Organisation, the World Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa etc. I should have completed a PhD as well and being established as a publisher, lecturer and recognised voice on economic diplomacy.
How did you like to spend your time away from your studies?
I loved to travel to the most unique and unexpected of places. For example I visited Portsoy In Scotland and Lulea in Sweden. These places are not always renowned internationally but they are beautiful and inspiring, I love them.
I also love to read biographies, autobiographies and books on personal development and perspectives on the future.
If you could give one piece of advice to a postgraduate student, what would it be?
I would recommend really getting into the life of the University. Here are a few ways to do it; apply to be a Student Ambassador (I was one and it is fulfilling - take a look at my blog about my Student Ambassador experience), lobby for votes to be a student representative for your course, propose projects such as short movies to the Student Union or marketing team etc.
Finally, however you choose to live your university life, do it quickly as the academic year goes way too fast.