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Catching up with... Alnur Dhanani

Enas Abu-QudaisThis month we catch up with Enas Abu-Qudais.

When were you at Kingston and what did you study?

I was at Kingston University from 2010 to 2011, studying the Marketing MA.

Why did you choose Kingston?

Kingston was one of my top choices. I had been recommended the University by a number of different people. I actually met one of the staff, Janice Halsey, at a recruitment fair in Jordan where I'm from. Janice encouraged me to choose Kingston Business School as it's one of the best in the UK. The location of Kingston was also perfect for me to live and study, especially as I wanted a place not far away from central London.

What do you remember about your time at Kingston? In three words.

LRC, friends, unforgettable.

Have you been back since graduation? If so when and what for?

No I unfortunately haven't been back yet, but I am planning to visit soon!

I did, however, recently meet up with, and help, the Kingston International student recruitment team at a fair in Jordan. I was quizzed by potential students on what it's really like to study at Kingston.

Are you still in touch with anyone from your Kingston days?

Yes some of my best friends are those I lived and studied with at Kingston.

What did you expect to do after graduating? Are you still doing that now?

I expected to work in a good company with a good position and a good salary which I am doing now – however perhaps not in the time I had expected.

I also expected to stay in touch with Kingston University and I'm very happy that I'm still doing it. I'm currently working with the team to organise an informal reunion for Kingston alumni in Jordan  – I don't have an exact date yet but it'll hopefully be in November. Keep a look out on the alumni events pages over the next few months!

What's your greatest achievement?

I would consider my masters degree from Kingston my greatest achievement.

What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

Always follow what you think it is the best for you, and never underestimate your capabilities. If you have the will, you will get the way!

What last made you laugh?

I'm always laughing! But I think it was my eight-year-old cousin – she is smart and far ahead of her age and always trying to negotiate on topics.

What's your ideal weekend?

Leaving all work behind including phone calls and emails, and staying at a quiet and peaceful faraway island.

You are to live out your final days on a desert island...

Who would you take with you and why? (one person only)

I couldn't choose one person! There are so many people I would like to spend my final days with.

What book would you take and why?

I'd take a book on how to build a raft so I can get off the island and spend my final days with all the people I love – is that cheating?

Tell us something we would never guess about you?

I hate coffee and Arabic sweets.

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53–57 High Street
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 1LQ

Alumni relations:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3178
Email us

Fundraising and Annual Fund:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3299
Email us

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Contact us

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53–57 High Street
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 1LQ

Alumni relations:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3178
Email us

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Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3299
Email us

Any other queries:
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