Sahil Ahuja

Living Life Outside the Zone

  • Philipsburg, St. Maarten
  • Bachelor of Commerce Majoring in Accounting and Finance

Many of us at the Sobey School got to know Sahil when he was working for Dr. Ellen Farrell, helping organize and promote entrepreneurial events. He had an amazing skill set to launch a marketing career, with graphic design and writing talent along with superb organization. Imagine our surprise to learn he was an accounting / finance major!

What made you choose the Sobey School?

SMU was a school recommended by a close family friend and based on just their stories and experiences, I decided to apply. I got accepted into the Sobey School of Business to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce degree and from there the rest is history.

What did you accomplish before coming here that you are most proud of? 

I am proud of my decision to further my education, not many people are fortunate or choose to pursue a post-secondary education.

Finding and developing my passion for volunteering with others through local groups/organizations, which I was then able to continue here in Halifax.


What are the three things you accomplished here you are most proud of?

  1. Breaking out of my comfort zone was one of my biggest challenges and accomplishments during my time here at school. My experiences over the past few years here at SMU have sculpted me into a better version of myself.
  2. I am most proud of volunteering as a student coordinator for the Halifax Dump and Run in 2016. We welcomed over 1,200 attendees and raised over $10,000 to support a variety of local charities/not-for-profits, while also diverting tons of items that could have ended up in the local landfill. It was an incredible experience for a great cause.
  3. I am also proud of my involvement in the International Welcome Week. As a student co-coordinator of these events we strive for students to have the best possible help and experience during their initial few days here at SMU. If throughout the entire experience I was able to help even just one student and make a positive impact on them, then I can rest assured that my hard work paid off.

Who inspires you?

Casey Neistat, a famous daily vlogger on Youtube. He always has the most motivating and uplifting things to talk about. He creates encouraging videos that reach millions of people daily and help them through anything they are experiencing. Can you imagine what it would be like to have such a positive impact on such a large number of people?

In your own words, what impact has the Sobey School had on you?

Apart from showing me the value in living life out of my comfort zone, the Sobey School of business has shown me the significance of global collaborative efforts, whether these efforts are for a class presentation or to help solve a major problem. In today’s environment despite of what we might see or hear, we must understand the value behind our differences and how those differences can be used to overcome even the toughest of challenges.

What is your all time favourite book or movie, and why?

For my favourite movie, I would have to say either the Wolf of Wall Street or the Big Short. I am a finance (and accounting) major--watch those two movies and then ask me why again!

Tell me about one of your hobbies.

I really love photography. It is incredible to see (possible through social media) how hundreds of people can take the same sight/landmark (i.e. Halifax Central Library) and capture it in hundreds of different ways, each person telling his or her own story in the process.