JOHANNE ROSBJERG OVESEN

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My choice

I chose to study at CBS since it was the only university in Denmark offering a program which combined my interests of business and economics with society and organization.

I had never thought I would end up moving to Copenhagen. I barely knew anyone here and I was nervous about how the study environment would be at CBS, if it was too competitive and how hard it would be to study in general, especially at a university as CBS.

I mainly applied for the SOC program as it contained most of my interests, but future opportunities were a factor as well. Furthermore, I was hoping it would be a program which was more relaxed and less competitive in comparison to other programs at CBS. It was a very big decision for me but I decided that my education and interest in the study was of the highest importance, so I took the plunge and I have not regretted it one bit ever since.

My programme

What I find most interesting about the SOC program is, when we get to the exam period and really get a chance to use the skills and methods we have learned and put them into context. This is really interesting to me since a great struggle of the program is that in a lot of the courses it can be hard to see how we are supposed to use what we are learning in practice. Some find it hard to study in a program where things are not very concrete. However, I personally thrive in such an environment since you learn to see things from different perspectives and it also gives you the opportunity to have to think creatively.

The mathematical part of the program was something that scared me and especially the courseĀ Managerial EconomicsĀ was a challenge for me. Luckily, since the program is so interdisciplinary as it is, there are many different academic competences among us. If you have a course you are struggling with, there is always someone who is very good at it that can help you and vice versa, and this is something I find very special about the SOC program.

Something which means a lot to me is the social aspect about studying. My first year at SOC I have been a part of our Union Board, which plans and holds events across the students from all three years. This has given me new friendships and a lot of fun experiences I would not want to be without.

At SOC you need to be prepared to be patient and know that not everything makes sense from the beginning. You also have to be prepared that there will be several group assignments throughout. Furthermore, you have to learn how to adapt different study techniques to different courses, since the program is so interdisciplinary and contains some very different types of courses. For me personally, spending my time not only studying but also being part of student organizations, doing voluntary work, and spending time with friends and family has contributed to keeping up my motivation and has made me really enjoy SOC and CBS in general.

My advice

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Focus on finding the program that YOU find most interesting and a program you can see yourself studying for three years. Life as a student is hard and demanding, but it is a lot better when you find what you are studying exciting. I myself was close to starting at the wrong school and program just because it fit into my life at the time, but I waited and that was perfectly right for me.

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Focus on finding the program that YOU find most interesting and a program you can see yourself studying for three years. Life as a student is hard and demanding, but it is a lot better when you find what you are studying exciting. I myself was close to starting at the wrong school and program just because it fit into my life at the time, but I waited and that was perfectly right for me.

STUDENTS AT SOC

Hear the students' reflections on choosing their study programme and being a student on SOC. Feel free to contact them with your questions.

PAULINE FRIJS-MADSEN

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