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!

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Student loan – Granted!

ImageGot a letter from the Swedish government run student loan office in the mail yesterday…student loan granted!

Feels great, not that there should have been any problem getting granted, but still. Now everything is a go for the studies in the fall.

First course will be marketing starting 2nd of September, and the text books for it are on the way as we speak. Before that there’s three weeks of hazing though, starting this coming Monday…that shall be interesting B-)

Have a great Friday and weekend everyone!

“Last chance workout”

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Woke up around 8 this morning and decided to go out on a last run before departing for Sunny beach, Bulgaria later this afternoon. Sometimes life just feels so great that it pulls you right in and makes you do the craziest things, like running when you should still be tucked down in bed!

Yesterday i also finally got the news that i’ve been waiting all spring for, and that i’ve put so d*mn much work into…this fall i’m enrolling in the Business program with Japanese specialization at the University of Gothenburg. YES!!! My first hand choice of school and program, and i got accepted! That feels so great i got to say…now i have the rest of the weeks left until starting school in the end of August filled with work, and then it’s off to a new beginning, for real…

But first a bit of R&R in sunny Bulgaria… B-)

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…