Meet Yusuf Mahmoud

Student Profile

Yusuf_MahmoudWhat is your major?

Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing & the Business Analytics Honors Program

Where is your hometown and what countries/states/cities have you lived in?

I was born in Raleigh which is where I spent about half of my life, but I’ve also lived in Dubai and Egypt.

What institution did you attend before transferring to NC State?

Wake Technical Community College

What made you choose NC State?

The different opportunities that NC State students are provided, as well as the different majors, concentrations, and programs students can get involved with. Also being able to do hands-on projects and apply what you learned in class outside of class is very important to me and that’s what I heard about NC State before choosing to transfer here.

What drew you to the Poole College of Management and a career in business?

Poole provides students with so many great opportunities. Every staff and faculty member in Poole is passionate about their jobs and is there to make sure their students are reaching their highest potential. That’s what drew me to Poole specifically. Personally, I like business because of what can be done when it’s used for good. My lifelong goal is to help people as much as I can with the resources I have, and I know I can do that with business. I have also liked business since I was very young. I have always had some sort of business project going on on the side since I was ten. With business, I can have more freedom, work for myself, and help people and society as a whole as much as I can.

What advice would you give a transfer student looking to come to NC State/Poole College?

Do your research and be your own biggest advocate. Also, make sure to have a plan B and a plan C and check your plans with your advisors. I recommend contacting the admissions office and speaking with your advisors both at State and at your current college/university to ensure a smooth transition to Poole. Make sure to take advantage of all the opportunities provided to you, and ask for help from your professors, advisors, and classmates if you need it. One last advice that I hope you find helpful: know that you will get over that culture shock and you will get used to everything around campus and in your classes. Just manage your time right, again ask for help if you feel lost or if your grades start going down, and make good connections around campus. Feel free to reach out to me personally if you have any questions!

Have you had professional experience before coming to Poole College?

Yes, I worked as a customer service manager at a big retail chain for a year before I started at State. I was also a marketing manager at a dealership while I attended my previous college.

Have you held any internships while at your previous institution?

I had several jobs and positions on campus as well as a sales and marketing internship off campus.

Are you a member of any professional clubs, committees, or organizations?

I am a member of NC State’s chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) as well as the Creative Marketing Solutions Agency (AMA’s marketing agency). I am also involved with a few honor societies.

What leadership positions have you held? 

Last year I was an account manager and a consultant for AMA’s marketing agency, and I was also one of the directors of community relations. This year I serve on AMA’s executive board as the COO of the agency.

When you are not at school, what do you enjoy doing for fun? 

I love traveling and seeing new places whenever I get a chance to. I also love spending time with my family, friends, and my dog Cleo, volunteering as much as I can, and learning about new topics, especially in marketing or business in general. I also really enjoy cooking (I make a mean lasagna), and I enjoy doing CrossFit.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment outside of your academic career?

Outside of my academic career, my greatest accomplishment was moving back to Raleigh by myself when I was seventeen and being able to survive on my own. It was one of the most difficult yet life-changing and rewarding experiences I’ve been through. Also a recent accomplishment that I’m very proud of was losing -and for the most part keeping off- more than 100 lbs in less than a year.