Bonjour à tous!
I can’t believe that summer has flown by!
About Dominique Farag
2nd year, MSc in Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment
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
Over the last few months I managed a quick trip to Egypt to see some family and friends and I’ve spent a couple months in the States working on my thesis and meeting some friends and old coworkers before I finally made it back to this side of the world.
I arrived in Bergen mid-August during the Welcome Week and got the chance to meet some of the new students starting at NHH this year. I also managed to be the NHHS Foto photographer during some Welcome Week events, and it was pretty great. Given that I only had little time left in Norway, I decided to do a roadtrip up to Lofoten with some friends at the end of August, and it was a blast: definitely recommended during your time in Norge!
Sadly, August was soon over, and I finally had to pack for my trip to Paris where I’m going to complete the double degree program with HEC.
I’ve been living in Jouy en Josas (where the HEC campus is located) for the past weeks, and it’s starting to feel like home. Compared to NHH, HEC is definitely different: it’s bigger (the campus includes a forest and a lake), it’s more remote from the actual city (Paris is an hour away by train) and the dorms are on campus and a lot of French students actually live there too. I actually really enjoy the campus with all its greenery and the trees around, but I definitely miss the fjord view that NHH offers!
Overall though, HEC is as good of a school as it claims it is; there are two of us who are NHH Double Degree students and who are enrolled in the Masters in Sustainability and Social Innovation, but the class itself has around 60 people who are a mix of French and other international students. As opposed to NHH, the program at HEC doesn’t offer you as much freedom when picking courses etc. Aside from selecting a track at the beginning of the semester and a couple electives towards the end, most courses are scheduled for you. So basically you spend your time with the same 20-60 people in all your classes, which develops a sense of camaraderie really quickly. It’s also fascinating to see so many people caring so much about Sustainability that they decide to pursue a Masters in it.
I would call us lucky for being students studying Sustainability in Paris in the fall of 2015. Why? Well, one of the most talked about conferences regarding Climate Change, COP21, is taking place in Paris in December and there are plenty of events leading up to it during the next couple of months.
Until next time!