My study choice was, in many ways, a rather messy process. When I graduated high school, I was convinced I would apply to CBS. It was mostly based on a desire to get a top position where I would make a lot of money. During my three gap years, I changed my mind several times. I wanted to go to architecture school, then study e-design at KEA, then study to be a building designer, and for a short period, I was convinced that I should go to France and never get an education. I felt sure about every idea; it did not take long before I lost the desire for it as well. I met someone who had gone in each of these directions and told me good and bad about their education and careers. It clarified what wasn’t right for me and emphasized what the right choice for me was. I kept coming back to CBS, and when I got my eyes open for the possibilities of BLC, I was no longer in doubt.
I ended up choosing BLC because it holds a bit of everything.
I had absolutely no expectations for the social life when I applied for BLC and almost prepared for the worst. To my great positive surprise, the social life at BLC is excellent and accommodates a lot of different types who share many of the same interests as me.
My favorite subject has, without a doubt, been Globalization studies, from which I have become even more interested in how to act in the global world responsibly. However, I will say that in my first year, I learned absolutely the most from the process of writing the first-year project. It was a huge challenge, but in my opinion, it was a perfect way to understand how the different subjects we had had until then were connected.
My biggest academic challenge has clearly been French. I have not lived in France or anything similar, and I have really had to accept that my French level was not as high as many of my fellow students.
The social life at BLC has played a significant role in my student life. I joined the BLC Union in my first semester and am now President. Joining a student union has been a great way for me to make friends across grades and connect to CBS, which engages me, which isn’t academic.
My best advice for a new student is to aim at clearly aligning expectations with oneself before starting and preferably before applying. By that, I mean considering priorities in advance by e.g., asking themselves questions such as: Why am I here? How crucial is grading for me? If much, then: am I really willing to put the hours into what a top grade requires? What is crucial for me to prioritize next to studying?
Why am I here? How crucial is grading for me? If much, then: am I really willing to put the hours into what a top grade requires? What is crucial for me to prioritize next to studying?
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