Big dreams and great academic achievements led freshman Anurag Grogineni from Hyderabad, India, to study finance at the University of Cincinnati.
Grogineni, Kolodzik Business Scholar and University Honors Scholar at Carl H. Lindner College of Business, chose to come to UC because of its co-op programs. He read about UC in India, and he thought it seemed like a fantastic opportunity to get work experience before entering the professional world. This program was not emphasized anywhere else, he says.
Grogineni received the UC Global Scholarship, which provided him with four years of tuition because of his outstanding academic achievements in high school.
Grogineni says his freshman year has been great so far. With previous experience in the U.S., from preschool to fifth grade, he feels familiar and comfortable with the area and the American culture.
“I really love Cincinnati. Everyone is really nice and accepting. I was really nervous about [coming here], but it definitely turned out way better than what I dared hope,” he says.
Grogineni describes the American culture as freedom and expression compared to the Indian culture, which is about stability and clarity.
“America is about expression and finding yourself. If that doesn’t make you happy, think of something new. We all know that we only live once. Everyone can do what he or she wants,” he says. “There is no percussion if you’re different. It’s welcomed to be different.”
“[In India] you should know what you want to do early on,” he says. ”You should stay in that path and don’t jump around finding yourself.”
Grogineni likes business school. He is able to talk to professionals and gain knowledge that will help him in his future career. This interaction is not possible in India.
With his finance degree, he wants to work in investment banking and meet executives from different companies. He tries to get as much experience as possible here at UC to be prepared after graduation. He is involved in different organizations on campus such as Student Government, the Student Action Team, Johnson Investment Counsel, Student Run Fund, IMPACT UC and the Finance Club.