Surrey Students Share Their Success – Surrey Now-Leader


For many students leaving high school, finding the right path in life can be intimidating. How do you know what you want to do?

Wajeeha Rahman of Surrey has always had an affinity for numbers and found orderly mathematics calming. While in high school, she was aiming for a career in engineering – at least that’s what she thought. As soon as she took her first accounting class, she knew it was the start of the right path for her.

In the fall of 2016, Wajeeha started earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from the School of Business at Kwantlen Polytechnic University – and it seems her passion for accounting runs deep! Her father, Muhammad, had also almost finished his bachelor’s degree in accounting and the two decided it would be fun to be in school together, a father-daughter team!

Teamwork and bond

Like any team, they worked together and encouraged each other, and found they had the same questions for their teachers! Muhammad was instrumental in encouraging Wajeeha to participate in case competitions in which participants of teams are pitted against each other to present the best solution to a business related case study. She excelled, much to her father’s delight.

“It was a great bonding experience,” says Wajeeha. “Being in school together opened up a side of my dad that I had never seen before! It took our relationship to a different level.

Wajeeha remembers a bit of confusion over the relationship between them. “My father looks so young,” she said laughing, “he could be my brother! He brought so much real life experience to the table in our classes.

During her studies, Wajeeha also took the time to help her siblings with their math homework. She has five younger siblings so there were definitely plenty of mentoring opportunities! The love of numbers seems to have taken hold in the family, as one of Wajeeha’s sisters also spent time at school with her older sister pursuing studies in accounting! “It’s like starting a family dynasty! she is joking.

Muhammad graduated in the spring of 2020 and Wajeeha in the spring of 2021. The original plan was to graduate together, but Wajeeha wanted to slow things down a bit and take a year longer so that she could be a team leader during that time. of the following year’s case competition, a role she loved.

Muhammad and Wajeeha Rahman, a father-daughter team. Photo by Jay Shaw.

The future is bright

Now pursuing her Masters of Professional Accounting at the Edwards School of Business, Wajeeha will be eligible for the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) exam next year and already has a job offer with KPMG, one of the top four. accounting firms in Canada. Muhammad has similar aspirations, but takes a different path to the CPA designation, choosing to work towards his goal.

Wajeeha is modest when she talks about her own success, thanks her faith, and notes that “a lot of my success is due to my teachers at KPU and the KPU community as well.”

His list of accolades and accomplishments is long and includes not only representing KPU in international case competitions, but also a personal virtual meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau, several topical interviews, the start of the KPU CAN club to promote more diverse student participation in case competitions. , and receiving the prestigious Lieutenant Governor General’s Award in the fall of 2021.

She notes that “as a young Muslim woman, I did not see myself represented in the accounting world and participated in extracurricular activities such as the case competition to be a symbol for other young girls. His determination and dedication are admirable.

For Wajeeha, the future looks bright!

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