I have a very international background and have always gone to international schools. Because of my strong connection to Denmark, I knew that I wanted to come back to study when I finished high school, and preferably in Copenhagen. At first, I did not seriously consider CBS because I had never thought too much about studying business. Throughout high school, I thought I would study journalism, communication, or even politics and international relations. However, none of these choices ever felt exactly right. I knew that no matter what, I wanted to study something that could lead me to a job with a practical and positive impact, preferably with an international outlook. When I looked into IBP, I quickly decided it was perfect because it would allow me to be many things. The combination of courses that IBP has across business, economics, and politics mean that studying IBP does not lead in one singular direction. Instead, it offers to teach from a number of perspectives across subjects, leading to a wide range of future possibilities.
One of my favorite things about IBP is that it is multidisciplinary, so we get to think and learn in many different ways. Some of our classes, Political and Economic Thought for example, lend themselves to more critical thinking and discussion, whereas the more mathematical economics classes involve a much more structured analytical thinking. This means that you have to constantly adapt your study method. At first, I found the process of figuring out how to approach each class a little frustrating. I felt quite a bit of pressure to read and take notes of everything, which was both time-consuming and unnecessary. I now know that for some classes I will take notes by hand, sometimes on my computer, and whether or not I take notes during lectures also varies. Luckily, IBP is a great place to learn from your fellow students, and I make sure to stay open-minded and take advantage of all the knowledge they have to offer.
Remember that when you start, everyone is in the same position as you. There is no need to feel like everyone is doing better (or worse) than you. This experience is more enjoyable when you learn from and help out those you are studying with.
Always be open to meeting new people and making new friends, especially in the beginning. I met some of my favorite people through IBP, with whom studying and doing exercises is actually fun.
Choose to spend time on the things you are curious about. Whether it is the choice of a study programme, or the choice of a topic when writing an exam, pick what you care about and what you want to learn more about. It does not matter what you think is impressive, or what anyone else wants you to pick.
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