In choosing a bachelor program I had three criteria’s that I made a priority. I wanted the program to be taught 100% in English, it had to be as “broad” as possible since I wanted to keep my options open when choosing a masters degree, and I really wanted to study something with people. I quickly came across Business Administration and Service Management (SEM) at CBS. SEM teaches us how the service sector is an integrated part of a company, which should always be developed just like any other part of a company.
It is important to remember that SEM is also a business study. It combines business economics with service sector studies. The business economic part is a large part of the study and it can at times be very theoretical, but it does provide tools that will be helpful in multiple of exams.
As you probably have read the program is built around a “quarter structure”, which is great. It means that you will have fewer subjects that run simultaneously and you will only have the subject for a span of about six weeks before taking the exam. Keep in mind though that professors are expecting you to integrate what you have learnt from previous subjects when starting new subjects.
My first piece of advice is to spend as much time in the beginning of the year on getting to know the people around you as you do on school work. This may seem overwhelming and at times transgressive but it will make your time at uni so much more fun and easy!
My second piece of advice is to avoid comparing your performance at uni with how you were/ did in high school. Everything will, most likely be different from what you have been used to, every thing from the way you study, the ways of teaching and when taking the exam. But you will adapt and learn quickly.
My third and final piece of advice is that preparations is key! Prepare for you classes, make sure you have an idea of what the coming lesson will be about. It doesn’t have to be hours of prep but by doing a little you will make your life so much easier and the subjects will be much easier to follow.
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