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Young African Lady emerges best-graduating student of Canada’s McGill University, makes black community proud

A young African lady named Julia Anyim has bagged a bachelors degree in Commerce and won the award of the best-graduating student at McGill University, Montreal in Canada.

Julia, a Ghanaian obtained a Bachelor of Commerce specializing in Strategic Management and Organizational Behaviour at McGill University. She was one of the three black valedictorians for the class of 2023.

In an interview with the university, she mentioned that shough she was born in Ghana, she grew up in Togo and Tanzania where she went to a French school and learned French and Spanish.

She stated that she was ote first in her siblings to come to Canada unlike the rest of her siblings studying in the United Kingdom. Julia said she chose Canada because she did not want to go to a city that was solely Anglophone or Francophone.

 

 

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She added that she did some research and found Montreal as it was known for being a bilingual student city, and would allow her to keep speaking French.

Julia mentioned that adapting to the cold weather and feeling homesick were some of the challenges she faced, She said even though she had lived in hot cities before, moving to Montreal where it is cold for a big part of the year was a challenge.

”I had heard about the winters there, but actually experiencing them was different. I was surprised by how much the cold weather affected my mental health and lifestyle. It made me appreciate summers and warm weather even more,” she said.

 

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At the university, Julia worked as a Mastercard Foundation Transitions Project Research Assistant. In partnership with Ashesi University in Ghana, the goal of the study was to understand how experiential learning and skills development influenced the trajectory of MCF Scholars.

Advising students, Julia emphasized the importance of asking and trying, even when the odds seem stacked against them. She added that most of her proudest achievements have come from stepping out of her comfort zone and pushing her boundaries.

”Growing up, my father always emphasized the importance of asking and trying, even when the odds seem stacked against you. At the time, my siblings and I would roll our eyes and ask, “Why bother trying if you know you can’t do it?” Julia said.

”But as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to appreciate the wisdom in his words. By following his advice, I’ve been able to unlock doors that once seemed shut and achieve things I never thought possible,” she added.

Upon graduation, Julia began a career as an Industry Liaison for the McGill Master of Management in Analytics (MMA) program. She shared on her LinkedIn that she will be dedicated to forging and nurturing partnerships with industry leaders in the role.

Julia added that she will pave the way for collaborative opportunities that connect academia with industry, and bridge the gap between theory and practice for the university’s MMA students.

She said the shared value obtained by the industry and the students through these collaborations is inspiring.

She added that she is looking forward to applying her strong communication and analytical thinking skills to promote the value of analytics in today’s business landscape and also help businesses find ways to leverage data analytics in their decision-making process.

Julia stated that she is excited to see what the future holds for the next generation of members of the Black Students’ Network and her classmates. She encourages them to always remember to spend time celebrating themselves and be kind to themselves and others!

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