Why did you choose to study at SSE?
I did an exchange semester at the Sorbonne in Paris two years ago. During that time, I traveled around Europe for almost six months. Stockholm was my top city among all the European cities. That is the main reason that I want to come back again for my masters studies. I did international economics as bachelor, and SSE is highly ranked when it comes to economics programs in the whole Europe, and of course it is located in Stockholm, which made it my dream choice for a masters program.
How have you experienced your program so far?
I think it has been fabulous so far! The master program itself is very intense but highly recommended because it is complex but logical, with well-designed study structure. Students also have many choices available to make their masters even more dynamic: I am currently enrolled in the CEMS program and that gives me an exchange semester at HEC Paris, but there are also traditional exchange possibilities nearly all over the world; XTM is a corporate trainee program and some departments offer double degrees. Meanwhile, you have so many opportunities to meet corporate partners, all the investment banks, the big four auditing firms and leading consulting firms. In a word, there are simply no days without something new.
How do the classes differ from where you studied before?
It is very similar to a North American teaching style, which means a big difference from China’s traditional teaching. Here students, teachers, mentors are more demanding in group work and self-leadership learning throughout the whole program, which is missing in China. During class, you need to participate quite actively and contribute well your special visions. Professors are always willing to get questions or interrupted during the class. You have the freedom to ask any relevant academic questions during or after classes.
What are the teachers like?
For example, we have a macro teacher who did her PhD with Edward Prescott, the Nobel Prize winner. Our econometrics teacher is heading for Chicago next January thanks to fantastic research contributions in econometrics. The faculty is not just super intelligent or high achievers themselves, they are also quite good at leading us to a more inspiring direction, which is most important for students at SSE.
How is the student life on Campus?
Student life here is incredibly colorful and fun! When talking about activities at SSE, I need to mention SASSE, the student association. They organize so many different activities but also all kinds of career-orientated prestigious firms' presentations. We have Women's banking day, Career day and company presentation almost every lunch time at school, where you can interact with all those representatives and alumni. You will never get bored at SSE!
What are your career goals?
I want to be a management consultant in a prestigious consulting firm. In the long run, I would like to stimulate more cooperation between China and Europe, especially the Nordic countries. After my graduation I will first go further for a PhD in management in Germany.