My Viking Life

10 February 2013 15:36

(updated: 29 December 2016 15:43)

My Viking Life

It all started in 2008 when I moved to wonderful Copenhagen to complete my exchange year at Copenhagen Business School, and fell in love with the Scandinavian culture.

Bergen City Center
NHH students Bergen

about veronica

I am a second year master student in Economics and Business majoring in Energy and Environment at Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). I am also part of the MEBA Council, an organization that represents international students at NHH and a member of NHH Aid, a humanitarian organization raises money for education in emerging countries.

Well… I’ve gone and done it! I’ve got myself the first blog entry. I am so excited to contribute to NHH community by sharing my personal stories with the readers from a Latin student perspective. I was born in Medellín, Colombia, a beautiful city known for having one of the best climates in South America. So, I’m sure many of you are wondering, “Why Norway?”

It all started in 2008 when I moved to wonderful Copenhagen to complete my exchange year at Copenhagen Business School, and fell in love with the Scandinavian culture. Since then, my goal was to be admitted to a top business school in this part of the world.

Norway in a nutshell NHH

It is exactly a year ago that I was submitting my last document required for the admission process; I must confess I was quite nervous of failing to be admitted, as only one in eight applicants are offered a place here at NHH. During my admission process, I had many doubts regarding academic requirements and, in general, the student life in Norway. However, I was fortunate enough to count on the NHH Admission Team and NHH webpage itself, which has all of the important information you need to know for a successful application.

NHH Campus
NHH Campus

Prior to submitting my application to NHH, I spent quite a few months studying for the TOEFL – a standardize exam that measures your command in the English language – and the GMAT, which stands for Graduate Management Admission Test. Many business schools around the world use the GMAT score as part of their selection criteria. Luckily, a bit more than a month after the application deadline, I received in my mailbox a conditional letter of acceptance from NHH. I was literally jumping with happiness!!!… Once the official TOEFL results were delivered to the school, my conditional offer became unconditional.

NHH student Fløien
Trip to Mount Fløien

In April I was already arranging to move overseas, and trust me, is not something to be done in a blink of an eye! My checklist included visa application, getting a place in the student housing, financial matters, and so on. Yet my interest about Bergen, the school, and even the history of Norway grew as the day to start school became closer.

Finally August came and I made it to Bergen to experience one of the best weeks of my student life: The Welcome Week! This is definitely is a week not to be missed. I was welcomed by one of the mentor crews for students starting their masters, a group of sweet Norwegian girls who planned activities that ranged from hikes, tourist visits known as ¨Bergen in a Nutshell¨, and of course great parties.

It has been six months since I arrived to Norway, and every day still feels like a new adventure, which I will continue to cover these in my future posts. For now, all I have left to say is that if you are a nature lover who embraces equality and want to study in a top business school, then Norway is the right choice.

Veronica :-)