Meet our international student ambassadors

Photo of the students Aelon Nicolson, Sabrina Hartenfels and Maria Welle Fjellbirkeland. Photo: Helge Skodvin
STUDENT AMBASSADORS: ‘I am looking forward to meeting and connecting with lots of new international students. I know how valuable it is to have someone helping you through the process when moving abroad,’ says Sabrina Hartenfels (in the middle). From left Aelon Nicolson and from right Maria Welle Fjellbirkeland. Photo: Helge Skodvin
NHH By Ingrid Aarseth Johannessen

23 November 2021 14:17

Meet our international student ambassadors

Three international students are now ready to answer all your questions on student life at NHH. Get to know them better and why they chose NHH.

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Three of the eight student ambassadors have international backgrounds. They are Sabrina Hartenfels from Germany, Aelon Nicolson from Canada and Maria Welle Fjellbirkeland from Norway. Fjellbirkeland started her master’s degree at NHH in August, but took her bachelor’s degree in England.

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Student ambassadors Sabrina Hartenfels and Maria Welle Fjellbirkeland. Foto: Helge Skodvin
Sabrina Hartenfels (22) from Germany and Maria Welle Fjellbirkeland (21) from Norway. Photo: Helge Skodvin

Name: Sabrina Hartenfels (22)
From: Germany, Hamburg
Year of study: Master’s student, first year
Specialisation: Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment

What are you looking forward to as a student ambassador?

‘I am looking forward to meeting and connecting with lots of new international students. I know how valuable it is to have someone helping you through the process and answering all types of question when moving abroad. Therefore, I am happy that NHH offers this option now.’

What do you want to communicate about NHH?

‘I want to communicate that NHH is a unique place where you have many opportunities both for your professional and personal life. Your time here is really as good as you want it to be and there is so much to experience and learn if you are open to it.’

Why did you choose NHH?

‘I did my bachelor’s in Economics and Business Administration in Denmark, which was a rather broad program. After my graduation, I was looking for something more material that seemed fulfilling and purposeful to me. Since I wanted to stay in Scandinavia, I came across NHH and its unique specialisation in Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment, which matched my interests.’

What do you find most interesting within business and administration? What do you want to work with in the future?

‘I like the variety of career choices within business administration, so I definitively see myself trying out many types of jobs. As of now, I would love to work as a consultant helping companies to shift towards more sustainable business models. However, I also like the idea of working in a more dynamic start-up environment.’

What is your best NHH memory?

‘In October I participated in a tournament in Trondheim as part of the NHHI Ultimate Frisbee team. I have never been that far up north, and it was an amazing trip; spending the weekend with my lovely team, meeting players from all parts of Norway, and exploring a new city!’

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Aelon Nicolson. Photo Helge Skodvin
Aelon Nicolson (23) from Canada. Photo: Helge Skodvin

Name: Aelon Nicolson (23)
From: Canada, Victoria
Year of study: Double degree master’s student, first year
Specialisation: Business Analytics

What are you looking forward to as a student ambassador? 

‘I am looking forward to having the opportunity to share what I have learned as an NHH master’s student, helping new students make an informed choice on the program that is right for them and make the most of their time at NHH.’

What do you want to communicate about NHH?

‘Prospective students should know that NHH offers so much more than a place to study and pursue their degrees. There are fantastic opportunities to make new friends and get involved on campus through academic, athletic, and social impact clubs while studying.’ 

Why did you choose NHH?

‘I chose NHH because the school offers an internationally competitive academic setting and is the perfect size to deliver a diverse set of courses, clubs, and services to students while remaining a tight nit community of local and international students.’ 

What do you find most interesting within business and administration? What do you want to work with in the future?

‘Understanding business and the functioning of the world economy offers actionable insights into everyday life and prepares students to transition into a variety of industries as well-informed, socially responsible actors. I am excited to apply these skills to business and work in a competitive environment that recognises the importance of continued learning and social responsibility decision-making.’ 

What is your best NHH memory?

‘It is hard to select a single moment as the memories I have gained at NHH are unlike anything I have encountered before. Having the opportunity to attend a school so far from home and make new friends from different countries has been a truly invaluable experience. Joining the NHHI Baseball Team has been a highlight of my time here, and I strongly encourage new students to get involved on campus to make the most of their time at NHH.’  

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Maria Welle Fjellbirkeland. Photo Helge Skodvin
Maria Welle Fjellbirkeland started her master’s degree at NHH in August, but took her bachelor’s degree at University of Southampton in England. Photo: Helge Skodvin

Name: Maria Welle Fjellbirkeland (21)
From: Norway, Oslo
Year of study: Master’s student, first year
Specialisation: Strategy and Management

What are you looking forward to as a student ambassador?

‘I am mostly looking forwards to communicating with prospective students from all over the world!’

What do you want to communicate about NHH?

‘I hope that I will be able to show prospective students’ what life is like through the eyes of a current NHH student! Not only is NHH a great school, but it also has such a great student environment.’

Why did you choose NHH?

‘I always dreamed of studying at NHH as I have had a profound interest in business since high school. When deciding where to apply for my master’s degree, I never hesitated and started looking into NHH’s application process as early as possible!’ 

What do you find most interesting within business and administration? What do you want to work with in the future?

‘What I love is that there are endless possibilities! As a business administration student, you have tons of options as to what classes to study and what companies to work for in the future. Personally, I hope that I can work for a global organisation that values sustainability.’

What is your best NHH memory?

‘One of my best NHH memories is when we went to the NCE Finance Innovation (a non-profit Norwegian fintech cluster) with the strategic entrepreneurship class. What is great with NHH is that many of the lecturers have connections with high-profile businesses and leaders, so we have a lot of interesting guest lecturers and academic visits.’

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