Her ambition to have an international career led Suzanne Buiter to move from The Netherlands to the University of Stirling to study International Management.
“I’ve always wanted an international career and what better way to do this than by going abroad?” she said. “I chose Stirling because its students come from all over the world and the community feeling here is great. It is also very centrally located, which is ideal for travelling.
“This course allowed me to combine the subjects I was interested in and which I thought would be most useful for me in the future. No other university offered me this combination.”
As part of her degree, she was given the opportunity to go to Spain.
“It was such an amazing experience as it takes you out of your comfort zone again and in that way you learn most about yourself,” she said.
She was also one of 30 students from 22 universities in 20 Commonwealth countries selected to attend the Association for Commonwealth Universities’ (ACU) leadership programme, on the theme of respect and understanding.
In addition to her studies, Suzanne - who describes her time at Stirling as life-changing, challenging and fun - threw herself into other activities including acting as: secretary for the Women’s Rugby team for a year; Student Ambassador for the University; and Course Representative, and later Faculty Officer, within the Management School.
“I’ve been quite homesick at times,” said Suzanne. “Having that support network of friends, but also professionally at the University, has been of great help. All you need to do is ask.
“Academically speaking, sometimes I was flooded with deadlines. Managing your time is key to making it a little less stressful. Making time for a breather is also really important!”
She said her lecturers’ passion for their subjects helped get her through some of the more challenging topics, and also enhanced her interest in International Business.
After graduation, she is going to study for a postgraduate in International Business at the University of St. Andrews.
“Scotland isn’t done with me just yet!”