Among NHH’s Northernmost students
Marte Johansen Rognli (23) from Alta hardly knew anyone when she moved to Bergen – the city between the seven mountains. Now she wants to learn more about finance, by taking one of NHH’s nine specialisations.
‘Trondheim or Tromsø would have been the safe choice,’ says Marte Johansen Rognli (23) from Alta.
There are several economists in her family, but she knows few who have studied at NHH. Most of her friends decided against Bergen in favour of the aforementioned cities.
‘I’ve always had an above-average interest in economics and numbers, and my plan was to study economics. I was very unsure about where to study, but I was convinced that I should go here after a chance meeting with an NHH student in Alta. It’s a very reputable school!’
The 23-year-old believes that one of the reasons why some Northern Norwegians decide against Bergen is because they know too little about what it’s like to study at the business school.
‘I hope that even more Northern Norwegians go for NHH. There’s no harm in trying, and if you’re not happy, you can always switch study programmes or move. For my own part, I’m very happy with my decision!’
STANDS ON HER OWN TWO FEET
It’s not just when it comes to the choice of study programme that Rognli likes to go her own way. She also likes to travel alone: after upper secondary school, she took a year off where she first lived in Barcelona for six months and took a Spanish course, before moving on to Australia and Asia.
As a student at NHH, she went on an exchange last spring to Bocconi in Italy.
‘You could say I’m an independent person. I like to travel and get to know new people and cultures. My impression is that people are mostly open and interested in getting to know you.’
Growing up, Rognli looked up to her three-year-older brother. She says that he’s always been very determined and gone for what he wants – without worrying about what others think.
‘Something for everyone’
Rognli also speaks highly of the student association (NHHS):
‘One of the best things about NHH is the student association. Whatever your interest, you’ll find like-minded people and a group that suits you.’
Rognli herself is in NHHI Cheer, which is NHH’s cheerleading team. They participate in sporting events and have many social get-togethers.
‘We’re a great bunch. You don’t need any prior knowledge to join the team. I’d not done cheerleading before joining, but I’ve done lots of gymnastics.’
Will try out finance
This summer Rognli will start her master's degree at NHH. It is the finance specialisation that appeals the most, she says.
‘I think finance is a very exciting direction. I've only had a few introductory courses so far, but this year's Women's Finance Day just made me even more interested.’