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Time flies

Time flies

Time flies. There are 2 months left and it is already the last article I am writing. Here, I will weigh the pros and cons of this experience. I say “weigh” as if there were as many positive points as negative points. However, before writing anything, I already know that the “cons part” will not take more than 3 lines since this experience was the best of my life.

First, from a personal point of view, I think my experience could have never been what it has been without the people I met. In fact, the most pleasurable part of it was being with my new friends. We were a solid group of Erasmus people (a majority of French students, one Korean, two Swiss girls, two German and one Dutch). As I explained we travelled twice together and we were spending our week-ends together and helping at each other for all the continuous assessments. In addition of this group, Irish students were really welcoming and were treating us like kings because they were curious and friendly. 

 From an “educational” point of view, I will also weigh the pros and cons because I have been studying adopting new work method, new “studying method”. First, even though the teaching community of Paris Descartes would not be happy while reading this, I want to write what I honestly think. Here in ITB, the pros is that all the lecturers provide on Moodle the content of their courses, which means that although you do not attend the class, you can make up for not attending classes. In fact, in ITB, lecturers break the back of the work since they provide us everything through Moodle. To be honourable, sometimes I missed classes however it does not mean that I studied less, it just means that sometime it helped me to save time because I was studying on my own. What is more, since sometimes lecturers were teaching really fast, or had a strong accent which made things hard to understand, it was helpful to have all the notes on Moodle.

From my point of view, the cons of ITB is that I felt that things were “too relax” and that we were not “professionally educated” because lecturers did not care when students were doing their oral presentation in sportswear or when students were arriving late for instance. I consider this as a cons since it could have developed bad habits. Fortunately, we have been well-educated in Paris Descartes.

 Second, from a professional point of view, studying abroad in an English-spoken country for a year considerably helped me. Last year, I had 865 at the TOEIC exam and I passed it again this year and I got 920. In other words, I got 55 points extra thanks to my immersion. This new score is really helpful to differentiate myself from the others competitors for the business schools. Thanks to this year abroad, I improved a lot my English. I have widened my professional vocabulary and I feel perfectly at ease when it is time to take the floor in front of an audience. Even though I did not become bilingual, I feel the difference when I realise that although I do not understand each word in a sentence, I can understand the context, therefore, I deduce the new words. Before living in Ireland, I felt that I was more fluent in Spanish (since I did an internship for 2 months there and since I was au pair in Madrid for 2 months when I was 17), however, here, everything changes. I feel much more at ease in English.

Concerning all the masters, it is a real benefit to come from an abroad college since it reassures the business schools about our English level, our maturity, our capacity to be compatible with a new environment and our open-mindedness. I am not accepted yet in any business schools since we are only in March and I am still filling in the registrations papers however this is what all the previous French students confirmed. However, it is not as simple as it may seem. In fact, the negative aspect of studying abroad for the Bachelor is that in order to pursue your studies (entering a business school for instance) you need to provide many references and many forms about everything (education, extracurricular activities, internships, summer jobs and so on…) and this is really complicated when you are not living in your home anymore. Furthermore, the disadvantage is the cost for all the different return trips from Dublin to Paris to attend different competitive exams. The last drawback is that we cannot attend the “open houses” of the different universities or business schools we would like to attend since we are not in France. This is why preparing the pursue of your studies can be difficult however, it is only a matter of organisation.

 To conclude, it is crystal clear that this year abroad made me grow up. I feel more responsible and this experience helped me to take a decision about next year; I truly would like to do a block-release

 

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