For many years I had been torn between studying medicine or getting a relatively broad education which incorporated languages and international relations. People around me had a hard time understanding how I could consider these two completely different paths, which honestly I did too. But as there are so many different universities and programmes to choose from, we are faced with a very difficult choice. As many do, I felt rather overwhelmed and at the same time confused. In upper secondary school I chose the natural science programme, so moving on to a business school may not have seemed like the most straightforward choice. I had doubts about whether I would be able to do well at CBS considering I did not feel like I had the typical profile for a business student.
All this to say that just because you have chosen one path it does not mean that you cannot steer in a very different direction later on. After upper secondary I therefore took a gap year and studied at university in the United States, where I decided to pick economics, business and political science classes. My intention was to get a feel for if I could see myself studying similar courses in the future. I really enjoyed the classes I had taken and decided to apply for BSc. in Business, Language and Culture with French as it offers a great mixture of different areas of study.
When applying to and enrolling at CBS I decided not to have too many expectations and let it all hit me. And as most things, university life will become what you make of it. There are many students and there will always be people you have more in common with than others. At CBS there are many possibilities and opportunities to join student organisations, activities and decide for yourself how you want to make the most out of your time here. It will be difficult to find time for every interest you have and at the same time study and potentially work. It is essential to find a balance however, in order to be able to keep the motivation when it comes to the academic aspect. But don’t worry, even though it might take time you will eventually figure out what works for you and that it is as important to take time to recharge your batteries as it is to read the chapters for the next class.
What I enjoy in BLC is that the curriculum paves way for an understanding of how business and culture affect each other and the importance of both these aspects in international business conditions. I did not want to study a programme which focused solely on business and economics but as they are important aspects of our daily life and have an impact on many different sectors, it is very interesting to combine that knowledge with language and culture. This will enable you to pursue a career in many different fields also giving you the opportunity to figure out the direction in which you want to go, as you go.
As I have grown up surrounded by French but mainly studied it from a linguistic perspective, I really looked forward to studying the language in a broader sense and gaining more knowledge about the economic, political and social aspects of the countries in which French is spoken. One of my concerns when choosing this programme was the level of French and how much I was going to be able to develop my language skills. In my experience, the level of French among the students varies quite a lot as everyone has a different relationship to the language. However, there is room for everyone to improve and as long as you are willing to learn and put in the effort, the possibilities are many.
When it comes to the overall courses in BLC, it might at first take some time to see how they are related and sometimes even why certain courses are important. But as times goes by you will be able to get an overview and an understanding of how all courses are interlinked and come together. The programme consists of the aspects : economics, language and politics/culture as the name suggests. Even though not all courses fall perfectly into one category, some are cross-disciplinary and others strongly interlinked. British and American studies, for example, will give you an important framework for understanding current issues in the United States and the United Kingdom as well as their impact on other countries, markets and international relations, etc.
In general, I really enjoy the international environment at CBS, both when it comes to students and staff. In whatever situation you find yourself you will meet students from different countries and cultures, which is very enriching in so many ways. CBS shouldn’t be seen as an intimidating environment and I was positively surprised by how friendly and open people are, whether students from BLC or other programmes.
Make sure you find a programme and university that you are curious about, that you find interesting and that motivates you in some way. University isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, so it is important to be able to remember why you are there and the positive aspects that motivated your choice in the first place.
Don’t compare yourself to others, instead help and learn from the people you are studying with. It makes this experience a whole lot more enjoyable.
Try and make the most out of your time at CBS. University is a lot about what you make of it, both academically and socially. I know it sounds corny, but try and be like a sponge, soak up as much as you can, knowledge, relationships and experiences.
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