We caught up with Indian student Aakriti Malhotra (MFin 2021) shortly after finishing the Master of Finance programme. Here she reflects on her Cambridge experience and shares some insights into the degree programme.
What did you do before joining the MFin?
Before the Master of Finance, I worked as an Audit Senior at Ernst and Young (EY), where I mainly worked on financial audits for a leading private equity firm that primarily invests in real estate opportunities.
What were your reasons for applying to the Cambridge MFin?
The MFin programme at Cambridge, conducted under the supervision of expert lecturers, is what attracted me to the course. I attended a webinar conducted by the programme’s Executive Director, Marwa Hammam, which explained that the programme entails a broad range of subjects, with a blend of learning and real-world business practices. And of course, it goes unsaid that the University of Cambridge is one of the best universities in the world. The remarkable history, amazing culture and collegiate system offered a unique opportunity to enhance my master’s experience.
What was the highlight of the programme for you?
The individualised coaching through faculty mentors and the City Speaker Series were the highlights of the programme. The City Speaker Series keeps students abreast of changing trends and mechanisms in the field of finance, while offering networking opportunities.
Can you tell us about your favourite part of College life?
I was part of Darwin College which is University’s first graduate-only College. It was also the first College to admit both men and women. The lack of hierarchy between fellows, students, and College authorities broadens the range of friendships and acquaintances you can make at Darwin. Graduate students do not follow the same termly schedule as undergraduates, so Darwin is bustling with activity throughout the academic year. The majority of Darwin housing is in, or close to, the College, making it easy to participate in College life, whether that be through music, drama, sports, or the Darbar!
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about applying to the MFin?
This would be the perfect opportunity to transform yourself professionally as well as personally. The time I spent at Cambridge was one of the best years of my life and I would absolutely love to relive it.
What was your favourite thing to do in Cambridge, or place to visit?
Darwin College has its own island where you can have BBQs, and that was my most favourite spot!