I can help with
- Being active in student organisations
- Working while studying
- Time management and workload
- Academic content of the programme
I will be honest with you: to this day, I am not quite sure why I chose SOC. Before I started researching educations, my prerequisites were these:
· It had to be in either Copenhagen or Aarhus (bye SDU, RUC and AAU)
· NO NATURAL SCIENCE (bye DTU)
· It had to be broad (I had no idea what I wanted (and sometimes still don’t))
· It had to be in English
· I had to be able to go abroad for some of the time
· It had to be something I could get a job out of
With this in mind, I did some research and was completely overwhelmed by all the possibilities. However, I quickly got my eyes on CBS – it had it all. So far so good. Now which programme? Well, I had already narrowed it down by saying “broad”, which meant one of the combined degrees and “In English” so it had to be well – In English. Then I was down to very few – hooray! To the day I actually applied I was still considering both SOC and IBP. And I think it actually came down to the GPA. I would have been able to get into both, but everyone knows the IB stereotype so I thought “ya know what, I really loved sociology in social science class. Let’s just roll with it”. And I did. And I’m very pleased with my choice.
The way I see it, SOC is very special. It takes all the good aspects of the other programmes and combines them. In the beginning, it can be quite hard to see why you’re being taught business accounting and hardcore social theory at the same time, but once you get to the end of the semester, some sort of connection will (hopefully) have formed in your brain. And that is what I really love about SOC; we take the perfect mixture between totally abstract and strange sociological theories and the more tangible business administration and actually combine them to make sense together. That sort of level of reflection and abstraction is something that makes SOC very unique and also in that way very valuable in the labour market.
Additionally, since we are such a small programme, there is still that high school feel about going to class. You know pretty much everyone, everyone helps each other as much as they can and no one is afraid of asking questions and participating in class.
The hardest thing for me to overcome when I started at CBS was probably having to rely on other people to understand the entire curriculum. If you manage to do this singlehandedly, I applaud you. However, I was extremely lucky to sneak my way into an amazing study group, which is a thing that can really make or break your experience of SOC.
Another big change from high school is that we have approximately 10-12 actual teaching hours every week. This leaves a lot of free time, which easily can be spent in Nexus or hanging out with friends, but is actually meant to be spent reading. It can be an advantage to have this much free time though, as it makes the possibility for finding a student job or getting involved with student organisations much bigger.
Before you start: Do your research. And go with your gut. It is SO hard finding the right thing to study, so sometimes it’s just about taking that leap of faith and trusting your instincts.
While you’re studying here: Don’t take on more than you can handle! A lot of students struggle with balancing everything and in the end, it’s better to be happy and relaxed with 9 things on your CV than being stressed and having 10.
When you’re done: I will get back to you with this piece of advice in 2 years ;)