That Feeling of Accomplishment

accomplishmentAbout three years ago today I was waiting for an acceptance letter from the University of Gothenburg, a letter (hopefully) telling me that I was accepted to one of their business programs. I’m usually pretty confident about my own abilities and so on, but when you’re faced with such a life-altering possibility as a Uni-education of your choice, I too got a bit nervous and antsy about getting that letter as soon as possible, so that i would know.

Fast forward to today; three years later. I’m about to hand in the final version of my Bachelor thesis to the Uni, and I realize that I actually did it; I got a University degree! It’s a great feeling, and it makes me even more hungry for the coming two years of Master studies here in Gothenburg.

It’s never too late. Onwards and upwards!

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October reflections

So it’s time for a little update of the ‘ol blog and bring to it the going-ons as of late. The news are as follows. Last week we received the grades for our first course this semester (International economics) and while I was pleased that I passed it with great margin I was less pleased to see that I was a mere 1.25 points from the highest possible grade. This has pretty much been the case for the third course now, that I get unnervingly close to the higher grade. What annoys me is that this eventually shows nowhere in the final grades. Close doesn’t cut it, so to say. But despite that I am pleased with my own work anyway, I rather be close to the top than balancing on the middle. The Corporate finance course we are taking now has started off in a good way though, with a top grade on the first two computer exams that we’ve had since the course began.

Now, this month has also marked the point where we had to decide our specialization/major. The first year and a half we’ve been all studying the same courses but starting next year we will be separated into one of three specializations; Economics, Finance or Business administration. The decision for me has been some time coming, even though I enjoy all three subject matters in their own ways. I eventually decided and pulled the trigger on Business administration, for a number of reasons. The largest one of those reasons is the fact that it’s an area that I feel builds on my previous experiences and who I am as a person the most. To not take into account what I have done with my life to this point during my 31 years of life would have been a mistake as I see it. Had I been young, inexperienced and straight out of high school I might have made a different decision. Now I feel confident with building on my previous experiences in the manufacturing industry and where I see myself with Business administration. I came to think of this sort of simple, intuitive, model while I was out walking the other day and I just experienceeducationmodelhad to jot it down in my phone. It’s just a simple qualitative model to visualize how one might reason about making choices when it comes to career making. It’s by no means a complete product, so bear with me! 😉

That’s it for this time, over and out!

Thoughts about the future –and the SAT!

So today is the last day to get the ducks in row and prepare for the SAT tomorrow; the last chance to take the SAT (or högskoleprovet as it’s called here in Sweden) before applying for college this fall. Originally I, of course, had planned to do a lot more studying for the test…but reality and other chores got in the way. I feel pretty content about my chances tomorrow though, it’s not a stretch to say that they’re ok.

Doing good tomorrow is not a deal breaker for the coming fall no matter what, it’s just that I’d increase the margin to get accepted to my primary school and degree programs.

 

15th of April is the last day to apply for college here and with 99% certainty my application will look somewhat like this:

1st pick: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration or Economics at the University of Gothenburg. Here I  have four different choices for specialization. Analytical, Linguistic – English, Linguistic – Chinese or Linguistic – Japanese. I’m going to apply to all four with English being my top choice.

2nd pick: The same Degree except the specializations above at the University/College of Borås.

 

All of the above will most likely end me up with a Master degree as well.

For second tier back-ups (so to speak) I’m applying to one or two Bachelor’s in Social sciences with a BA or Econ specialization. I plan to throw in a BsC in Logistics there as well.

No matter how the cookie decides to crumble tomorrow I will get a spot at one of the programs above, I know that already, which is a bit comforting. The Lingustic BA programs in Gothenburg are really appealing though, I’d really love a future career in international business and trade. This town always felt a bit too cramped for me to be honest…