From Paris with love

19 November 2015 14:09

(updated: 5 December 2016 14:12)

From Paris with love

Should I talk about the demanding program at HEC, the gorgeous fall in Paris, or how I took a weekend off and decided to fly to Athens to run a marathon with a friend?

Paris ill.

About Dominique Farag

2nd year, MSc in Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment
From: Egypt/USA


I take pride in the fact that my friends call me ‘globetrotter’; I’m originally from Egypt but Norway is already the 4th country that I call home. My goal in life is to visit as many places on this planet at least once and to be able to call quite a few of them home.
After finishing my undergrad at the University of Washington in Seattle and working in the consulting industry for three years, I decided to go back to school and pursue my master’s degree at NHH. I moved to Bergen in August 2014. I applied for NHH’s Double Degree programme and after finishing my first year at NHH, I have now started my Double Degree year with HEC in Paris. Please reach out to me in case you have any questions!

Written by: Dominique

Good day people!

It’s been a while since I’ve last published a post on here, and early last week, when I realized it was my turn to write something, I started thinking about what to write about: should I talk about the demanding program at HEC, the gorgeous fall in Paris, or how I took a weekend off and decided to fly to Athens to run a marathon with a friend?
Those all seemed like good options to consider before last Friday, but Friday night was different.

Friday night marked a sad moment in Parisian history, and in my personal time in Paris, and I think it’s worth taking a moment to reflect upon it.

By now, you have all heard about the events that took place in Paris last weekend. Fortunately for me, I was at home (and not online) and only heard about the news when I woke up in the middle of the night and saw a million notifications on my phone.

Unfortunately, for a few hundred people this was not the case. A lot of people have witnessed these terrible events that day and too many have lost their lives for something that I believe stems out of pure ignorance.

Sadly, the HEC community also lost one of their students that day, which showed how events like these that occur too often nowadays could hit so close to home.
While these events continue to show the cruelty that exists in our world today, the little positive light at the end of the tunnel is that they also showed the good in so many people.

A lot of people in Paris have opened their doors on Friday to random strangers who couldn’t get home after the incident, people in their cars offered a ride to others who were stranded, family, friends and acquaintances reached out from all over to make sure that people they know in the city were okay. And after the incidents and up until today the city continues to mourn the lost lives, each one of us in his/her own way.

My thoughts are with everyone who got affected by the Friday night incidents. I truly hope that our future doesn’t hold any more of these.