Florida-based property investor Jim Fletcher recalls the great cultural impact his time at Edinburgh had on him.
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Why did you choose the University of Edinburgh?
My experience during my undergrad spending a semester at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia was the best 6 months of my life. It also motivated me to look at universities overseas with a strong reputation and international profile. After taking a trip to the UK to short-listed schools, I was wowed by the University of Edinburgh program and only applied here for MBAs.
I loved my time in Edinburgh for so many reasons. The beauty of the city and the Scottish culture will always have a place in my heart. My favorite memory was probably the first ceilidh we had and all the stares I was getting on the street walking over to it, probably because it was the first time I was wearing a kilt. Well, as it turned out, the reason I was getting so many stares was because I was wearing it backwards! After a quick change, the rest of the ceilidh was a blast with haggis, whisky and dancing.
Tell us about your experiences since leaving the University
After leaving Edinburgh, I settled in South Florida where the real estate market is vibrant. I have invested in several properties here and also operate a real estate brokerage, JF Residential LLC, where I represent buyers and sellers in their real estate acquisitions, and also manage and develop a team of 17 salespeople ranging from ex-IT professionals to former NFL players.
The beauty of the city and the Scottish culture will always have a place in my heart.