Anisa Abidulloeva: Always Dreamt About Becoming an Entrepreneur
Four University of Central Asia undergraduate students from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan attended an International Summer Programme at the Institute of Continuing Education of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. UCA students enrolled in two-week undergraduate level Interdisciplinary, Business and Entrepreneurship summer programmes, which was funded by UCA, and shared their experiences in a series of reflections. This piece was written by Anisa Abibulloeva, UCA sophomore student from Tajikistan, studying Economics at UCA's Khorog campus.
“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable,” to quote Christopher Reeve.
Four years ago, I would have never believed that I would enter the University of Central Asia (UCA). A year ago, I would never have thought that I would be chosen to attend Cambridge Summer courses to represent the UCA Khorog campus. Hard work and a passion to achieve your goal makes dreams come true.
Being a future economist who cares about the environment, I always had a dream to become an entrepreneur who would contribute to the environmental sustainability of the Central Asian states. Therefore, for the Cambridge Summer Programme I chose to study business and entrepreneurship. I had an amazing opportunity to study with people from all over the world. It was fascinating to immerse into true cultural diversity, to collaborate with different people to generate innovative ideas which might find their places in real startups. I was able to make many new acquaintances that enriched my network with people from different countries.
Studying in Cambridge gave me an incredible chance to learn essential knowledge about launching your own startup. I participated in core sessions delivered by business school academics, and attended hands-on sessions led by successful and experienced business practitioners. Core sessions included topics such as a minimum viable product, market analysis, business model canvas, team profiles, the art of pitching, and many others. The sessions opened my eyes to the engine of the business world, and concepts for successful entrepreneurship.
I feel very honored to have been awarded this amazing opportunity by UCA and the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE). It was a great privilege to be one of the first UCA students to participate in this programme. I had an incredible and unforgettable experience at Cambridge, and am looking forward to sharing my positive memories and valuable experience with my fellow classmates, and encouraging them to apply to this programme in the future.