Why did I choose my programme?
As someone who has many interests and constantly develops new ones, it was hard to decide what I wanted to do in the future. That is why SEM, which is quite a broad program, was a good match for me, as it still offers that flexibility for the future but also prepares me well academically to take almost any direction I want.
What do I like the best?
I love the new life I have created for myself. It is a life that is challenging and hard but also, it’s a life that allows for so much learning and growing. I can see my continuous growth and I love it.
What do I think is difficult?
The short answer is understanding when it is enough. When have I studied enough? When have I socialized enough? When am I stressing enough? When have I been working enough? Understanding and putting those limits has been hard for me and putting a conscious effort to work on it has been even harder.
What would I have liked to have known before starting my programme?
I would have liked to know that even though CBS and SEM are amazing in academically preparing me for real life, they are not the only determinants of how successful I will be out there (it also depends on what is success to you). CBS is a university, and it prepares me in more ways than one, but it will never prepare me for everything that I will face out there.
What do I want to do after finishing my programme?
This is very hard to answer. The short answer is, I generally know what I don’t want to do, and I know a bit about what I want to do, but I don’t know the specifics. I learned that finance might not be something I want to do, and I learned that despite everything, I still want some artistic creativity in my future career, as this was a strong interest of mine since forever. After my bachelors, I am pretty sure my first step is to get a master’s degree and from there we will see where life brings me.
If I could give myself a piece of advice, before starting it would be…
The main advice I would have given to myself is to stop trying to do as well academically as I was doing in high school. Suddenly the academic material is harder, there is more self-studying, more reading, different approaches, different exams, work, social life, and there is so much focus on self-development, at least for me, that it is so hard to measure my success based only on grades. Doing that is not only an incorrect way to see how much I have grown, but also very toxic towards yourself.