I can help with
- Working while studying
- The study environment at CBS
- Time management and workload
- Academic content of the programme
- Teaching style and exams
After high school, I had no idea in which direction I wanted to go; only that it should be business oriented. It was really important for me that I found a programme, which was able to keep me motivated, and a programme where I would find the different courses appealing.
I spent a lot of time reading programme descriptions, go to various open house events, talk with students from different programmes and assess / prioritise my own interests. Questions I asked myself were, inter alia, should it be purely economics? Or more social science oriented? Could both interests be combined in one? How would it be to study in English? In what city would I prefer to study? How would my carrier opportunities be after graduating? After extensive research, a stay at a folk high school and a stay in London, the international perspective became more and more important for my priorities, and at the same time I got doubts, prejudices, and expectations under control. The decisive for my choice of study was an open house event on CBS, where I spoke with some of the students at the IB stand. Half an hour later, I left with the feeling of having found my future study.
Additionally, since IB is such a comprehensive programme, it would allow me to explore the different areas of business and thus become clearer about a future career path. At the same time, IB opens up to a wide range of opportunities in relation to the future choice of Master programme.
That said, because of the high entry requirements, I feared that everything about the study e.g. the study environment and social aspect would be very much characterised by competition. Conversely, it also appealed to me that IB students were known to be ambitious and had great motivation. Here, talking with current IB students helped me incredibly much as they (1) could tell me about their experience with the study and their fellow students and (2) were able to mention several social events including IB Gala and IB Dinner, where students socialise across years. Thus, the IB programme was, despite ambition, a study with a social and motivating learning environment.
For me, the most challenging at IB was the very beginning. After 2 sabbatical years I really had to use a lot of resources on study habits/technique, the English curriculum, and the many new technical terms. Here, the quarter-structure, which the programme has, helped me greatly. Quarter-structure means that you have two courses for about 7-8 weeks and then exams. When exams are over, you will embark on two new courses and so it continues. The structure made it easier for me to manage the different courses and additionally be able to focus exclusively on the two courses for a shorter period rather than simultaneously focus on 3-4 courses, ending semi-annually.
At IB, it may initially seem like everyone else has mastered their career, has endless amounts of time, and never runs out of energy. Everybody wants to give the best first-hand impression, and the levels of ambition and the things that people have achieved prior to IB are diffidently not scaled down. After some time, it does, however, fall to the ground and people become more relaxed. The truth is that nobody has more than 24 hours a day and that it is just a matter of priorities. Some prioritises studying; others choose working; and a third group may prioritise the social events and parties. Find out what the important things are for you and know that it’s okay to say no to some of the many offers.
On the other hand, I also discovered that the greatest thing about IB was and still is the level of ambitious. At IB, people, despite great diversity, are so dedicated and motivated in relation to what do that it also affects you. For me, an atmosphere like the one on IB gives me motivation to always give my best and go that extra step, although it might seem like too much.
Being at student requires that you need to learn how to deal with a guilty conscience. At least it did for me. Everyone needs activities where they can recharge their batteries, and guilty conscience does not exactly make it easier to prioritise those, though it is necessary! But do not worry; you are not alone in feeling like that. Talk your fellow students – they are in the same boat and whether they will admit it or not, they must also prioritise their time.
Is IB the right programme for me? Definitely! I slowly discover my strongest competencies and interests in the economic world. And though, I would have liked more economic courses at IB, half a year at exchange or electives at CBS give me the opportunity to catch up with these.
Whether or not IB is right for you, I do not know. But I’m sure that whatever you choose, it will all work out in the end! I wish you the best of luck with finding your dream programme!
Talk with some of the current students, who are enrolled in the programmes, which you are considering. They may be able to clear some of your doubts.
Do not get stressed by others ambition, your choices and goals are right for you!
Plan your time! And do not forget to plan for activities that will recharge your batteries.
Take time to find yourself as a student - Which study techniques suit you best?
Be social and enjoy your time as a student! This should be a time, which you happily want to remember!