International Summer School – University of South-Eastern Norway School of Business

International Summer School – University of South-Eastern Norway School of Business

Norway is absolutely the most gorgeous place I’ve been to. It’s a completely different culture compared to what I would find in the U.S. It’s been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. We get to travel the world while learning and interacting with international students and in international cultures – – and we get to learn so much. We are learning about international business. And second, we are in a different country. So we are actually learning about where we are and the things around us. In the classroom you put two and two together and realize why things happen the way they do. We weren’t the only students here. There was also Norwegians, French, some from the Middle East. Everybody came together and it was nice to see. I get to learn everything about their culture, and they get to learn about mine. So we get to interact and figure out how things are different. I had this one guy in my group, his name is Samuel and he is from Eretria in Africa. And learning about their cultures and incorporating it into our classroom setting was amazing. I would definitely describe this experience as eye opening. Not just because of the culture of people we meet every day, – – but also the business culture since we have visited several companies. We visited Telenor, which is a huge international phone company. It was unlike any company I have visited. I would say it is mostly like Google and Amazon. It’s a huge environment of happy people who just love doing their jobs. You see that they not only think differently, but they also act differently as business. So coming here and learning that – – you have to think outside of your box, and that people think and act differently – – really opens you up to new opportunities. We have done so much stuff in the past five weeks and it’s been non-stop. We have gone on hikes, we have gone to Bergen, Stockholm and Copenhagen. Finland, we went to Estonia. And all those places was really, really cool. I really like the outdoors here. The nature is just – – remarkable. It’s breathtaking. Every time you walk up higher in a mountain, you see something you never seen before. I’ve been very outdoorsy, going hiking and canoeing and other stuff that I usually don’t do. I guess the first experience I can recall is the Bergen hike. And it was insane. We all got mud everywhere and we were practically swimming the whole time. It was pretty cool. That was treacherous. I haven’t gone on a hike in a long time so that was my first experience in probably a year. So come prepared for that if you planing on going to Bergen at some point, because wow, – – that was killer but it was an awesome experience, like definitely one of my favorite parts of the trip. I’m proud of myself, and I’m happy that I got to see the view. I can’t even describe it. Words – (laughs) It was amazing. It feels like I’ve been here for over a year because of all the friends I’ve made. I think it’s been a good experience for me to step outside of my comfort zone – – and let myself experience things that I would probably never be able to experience back home. I think one of the main things was to meet all the new people, – – and meeting a lot of internationals and being able to travel every weekend. And just really getting the feel of what Norway is really like. It’s going to be weird going back to the states and being home and – – not with people all the time, and not learning about them. And also not being surrounded by mountains and pretty nature, that’s going to be different. Oh man, this is unlike any experience I’ve ever been on in my entire life. This is definitely an experience for a lifetime, and I wouldn’t have traded it for anything in the world.

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