Tiger's Strath Story
Tiger graduated with a Masters of Science in Financial Technology after relocating to Glasgow from California with his wife, Lauren.
He grew up in the small town of Moraga, California and went on to study Managerial Economics at the University of California, Davis and competed for the school's Division 1 American Football team.
After working in Silicon Valley for companies such as Apple, Tiger applied and won a Fulbright Scholarship. Find out more about his journey and his reasons for choosing Strathclyde.
The programme seemed like the right fit so I applied for a Fulbright Scholarship and won. This paid for my tuition, food, and housing. It was incredibly difficult to leave my job at Penserra Capital because I loved my work and team, but I ultimately wanted the international experience. I'm thankful my team supported my decision.
How did your family react to your decision to study in Glasgow?
My wife Lauren jumped in my arms and hugged me as tight as she could. She is a world traveller and absolutely wanted to live in Scotland. My father was over the moon. He always wanted me to live internationally and experience different cultures. My mother was excited as well, but also sad when we said goodbye. She's proud of me for moving abroad and praying that I don't stay in Scotland forever. My brothers were also very supportive of my decision.
Has anything surprised you about living in Scotland?
The people in Glasgow are often incredibly kind to foreigners. Individuals outside Scotland either have not heard of Glasgow or view it as a rough city. The community has treated me well and taught me their customs and history. My friend invited me to a Scottish cèilidh and offered a traditional kilt for me to wear. It was an amazing night of dancing.
What's been your favourite memory of your time at Strathclyde?
I played basketball for the Strathclyde men's team this year. After an away game against Edinburgh Uni, my teammates and I packed into a small van to drive home. The motorway was closed so we had to take the backroads through the Scottish farmlands.
I'll never forget singing "Take me home, Country Roads" by John Denver at the top of my lungs with my teammates in the twilight hours of the night.