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My journey to BI

My journey from the UK to Norway from a French student perspective

I discovered BI through an internet search for European business schools. I didn't have a particular country in mind when searching, but rather a specific kind of course. I was born and grew up in London my whole life but have always been to french schools. After the introduction of the reform for the french high school diploma. I had to choose earlier on where and what I wanted to do.

Name: Juliette Hanns

Home country: France

Programme: Bachelor of Business Analytics

Introduction

I discovered BI through an internet search for European business schools. I didn't have a particular country in mind when searching, but rather a specific kind of course. I was born and raised in London but have always been to French schools. After the introduction of the reform for the French high school diploma. I had to choose earlier on what I wanted to study and where. I studied concentrated maths, economics and computer science (alongside other obligatory subjects) for my last two years of high school. As such, I was looking for a degree that could combine all of these subjects. As I really enjoyed them, especially computer science. I discovered the Bachelor of Business Analytics and straight away thought that this was the program for me.

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Unexpected U-turn

However, BI was not my first choice. About 2 weeks before accepting BI’s offer, I had a plane ticket and a place at a Canadian business school. This choice wasn't a business analytics degree, though; it was a BBA degree. The reason is that I had doubts about whether a more specialised course was the right one for me. So, to play it safe, I thought it was best to start more general and then focus. Yet, I always had a lingering thought in the back of my head. I should choose a course that valued. Also, utilised and developed my computer science skills. When I sent my final grades in June to the Canadian business school. I also sent them to BI to finalise my application (bearing in mind I already had accepted another offer). Shortly thereafter, I received an offer from BI to study business analytics. I knew then that this was the chance to do a degree that stood out. Also that put into value the skills and knowledge gained from the past two years.

Current experiences

I didn’t only decide to come to BI because of my interest in the course. I also wanted to experience the Norwegian way of living. I have since participated in many outdoor activities that are very easily accessible. When you compared it to living in a massive urbanised city like London. Three of my current highlights are apple picking. Hiking to Trolltunga and being able to go downhill skiing from Oslo in less than 45 minutes!

Unexpected encounters

Having only been surrounded by French people throughout my entire schooling. I was accustomed to their presence. Coming to Norway and being surrounded by French people was the last thing on my mind. However, within the first month. I was proven entirely wrong. I met the first French person in a hallway because I heard them speak French. I met a whole group of them and even more when I joined the local rugby club, Blindern.

Final thoughts

I am really looking forward to the coming semester as the courses become much more orientated to business analytics. Most first-term bachelors take similar courses. I am also very excited to experience much more of the Norwegian outdoors. Especially during the coming winter months.