Aiducation – Sirine Badran
Vol. XXII, No. 1, 2024
For Sirine Badran, who grew up in Beirut, studying at AUB was a dream she pursued from a very young age. “AUB is known to be the best school in the Middle East, and its graduates are found all over the world today due to the abundance of opportunities they enjoy after graduation,” she says. Sirine credits AUB’s nurturing and welcoming environment for her enriching experience as a business administration major at the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business. “Everyone here is so nice, friendly, and helpful,” she says.
Sirine’s family has been deeply affected by Lebanon’s recent financial collapse. “We suffered a lot after the crisis in Lebanon. We faced many financial hurdles, especially since my father works with the Internal Security Forces, whose salaries have lost almost all their value,” explains Sirine.
In the spirit of pulling through and determined to beat the odds, Sirine decided to look for support from AUB’s Office of Financial Aid. Sirine is now receiving support from AUB and from three donor-funded scholarships: the Daniel and Emily Oliver Endowed Scholarship, the K. S. Scholarship, and the CMA-CGM Scholarships. “I am very thankful for the support I am receiving, which is helping me achieve my goal of working as a consultant,” says Sirine. “I am getting even closer to my goal, having secured an internship with one of the best consulting firms in the world (BCG) next summer.”