My journey to BI: From China to Norway

Name: Li Wenmin

Degree program: QTEM in Finance

Undergraduate Degree: Accounting

Undergraduate University: Wuhan University, China

Hometown: Jining, Shandong Province, China

Citizenship: Chinese

Motivation

I first heard about BI Norwegian Business School when I was thinking about what kind of school to apply last year. At first, I didn’t consider Norway as my destination as in China it’s more common to do master in the U.S. and the U.K. But soon I realized that in northern Europe there’re also many excellent business schools with high standard and awesome reputation, and BI is obviously one of them. Also the QTEM program was so attractive for me since it would allow us to study in 3 countries for 2 years. So why not apply?

I decided to go to BI after considering many indicators: finance, program, location, atmosphere…BI is generous enough to award its students various kinds of scholarship every year, and I was lucky enough to get the presidential scholarship, which meant I could support myself during my study in Oslo. Furthermore, I thought QTEM would be a fantastic chance to broaden my horizon. I’ll definitely learn so much interesting things except for financial knowledge. Also in my eyes, Norway is an amazing country with a peaceful lifestyle and awesome landscapes. So after considering for several days, I decided to follow my heart and come to Oslo.

I believe this will help my career by improving my language skills, as I heard QTEM students would speak 3 languages on average. Interactions with peers from different culture and background will absolutely make me meet myself who’s unknowingly better.

Academic Experience

The best piece of advice I can give to a new student about my programme is being devoted to what you’re learning. The education quality and standard are much higher than expected. In the first semester life can be always packaged and busy, so maybe we would have to sacrifice some time for entertainment in order to do well.

I have been challenged by very intense projects and assignments. Sometimes we have close deadlines, so we need to prioritize what to do first and finish them one by one. Though it’s always stressful when trying to generate satisfying outputs, I really learned a lot through the process.

International Experience

The biggest culture shock for me moving here was the way Norwegians get along with each other, as we heard the only way to become their friends is to drink with them. For me, that’s totally new. It’s hard to imagine these polite and introvertive people in daily life should be so talkative and outgoing after several cups of beers!

The most remarkable experience I have had so far is that I’ve made several new friends who’re unbelievably nice. We traveled around Oslo and went to Denmark for a short journey on weekends. Maybe we would go to Stockholm later. That’s really amazing.

The one thing you absolutely must do while living here is to visit other cities and adjacent countries. Maybe we would even see polar light in northern Norway.

The scariest thing about moving away from home was feeling isolated when faced with difficulties. At first, things might be difficult, but soon I realized only if I open my heart and be brave enough can I become socially engaged. That’s really helpful when I have a homesick and miss my previous friends.

Reflections

The most remarkable/interesting thing I learned about myself at BI so far is that I’m much stronger than I thought. Faced with pressures from study and life, I’m always seeking a balance between knowledge and life quality and it turns out I can adjust very quickly when something unexpected happens. I love the way I am in BI!

My career goal is to become a consultant in the future. Before that, I plan to learn Norwegian and try to find an internship here. Life is full of possibilities!

For the Spring 2019 semester, Li is on QTEM Exchange at WASEDA University in Japan. We wish her all the best and look forward to hearing more about her QTEM experience in the future!

Do not miss your chance, GO NORTH!

Li Wenmin started the QTEM in Finance programme in August 2018. To find out more about the programme, go to www.bi.edu or email myfuture@bi.no.

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