Why did you choose to study at SSE?
I had wanted to study in Sweden for some time, but my Bachelor university did not have an exchange with SSE when I wanted to go. Later, when I then saw that SSE is now offering the combination of International Business and CEMS, I knew I wanted to do my whole Masters there.
How do you feel about your program so far?
The program is great. We are a nice class with many Swedes and many internationals. We get a lot of additional value in the program from study trips (Denmark and Riga in spring), company visits and other events. We are very busy with classes and especially group work, but it feels like we are a big IB family where everyone gets along well with one another.
How do the classes differ from where you studied before?
The classes here are way smaller than during my Bachelor studies (we are only 39 students at the moment). Moreover, classes are very interactive and everyone gets to participate. We are also asked to contribute more to the lectures than I am used to, for example through presentations, group discussions or organizing a whole class.
What are the teachers like?
All the professors are very approachable and open for new ideas and discussions; this is something I really enjoy. Since Sweden is known for its flat hierarchy, everyone here calls each other by their first name. Coming from Germany this is also something I am not used to.
How is the student life on campus?
Student life here is great, since SSE and in particular SASSE (SSE’s student association) have so many different projects to offer. There is great number of sporting activities everyone can participate in - in November we went to Euromasters in Germany for example. And there are different projects from Project China, to the CEMS Club, to being an ambassador for SSE. I have not have a second where I was bored or didn’t know what to do next. Since we have our own pub and club in the basement, we are not short of any parties or social events at SSE.
How is it to live in Stockholm?
Stockholm is a beautiful city with a lot of nice bars, cafes and restaurants. Of course it is expensive, but many places offer great student discounts that make it affordable to go out for beers or to eat lunch out for example. I love Stockholm for its beauty with the archipelago, many parks, beautiful buildings and nice people.
What are your career goals?
I have no fixed plans yet, but I do know that I want to work for a company that offers great international opportunities. I am looking more into the field of Supply Chain Management, be it in the shipping or the aviation industry. I could also see myself working for an FMCG company somewhere in an interesting place anywhere in the world.
What are you planning to do after graduation?
Here too, I don’t really have a concrete answer yet. After graduation I will try to find an interesting and challenging traineeship. But I might first also work for a few months as a volunteer for an NGO somewhere abroad. I will take on any opportunity and challenge that might come along.