The next step

Lars Koopman - The next step

It's time for the next step. After finishing my bachelor's International Business in June, it's time to start the next chapter in my studying career: a master's program. Tomorrow is September 1st, which means that it's the official start of the new academic year. Therefore I thought it would be the perfect moment to reflect back on the past few years and do write down my expectations about the master's.

The past four years
It's been a wild ride, starting my bachelor's program in 2015 at the University of Groningen. This was a new start in a new city, but before I knew it I was on the way, joining the sailing association where I did two committees. After two years in Groningen I went to Kedge Business School for a year where I had the chance to do a double degree program, focussing on marketing. In Bordeaux I joined the french association Kedger Network, and built my first personal website. Through my studies I had the amazing opportunity to follow an internship at PepsiCo after coming back from Bordeaux. Here I had my first real practical experience in a company. Finally I went back to Groningen to write my thesis on cultural intelligence.

The future
The future is always a very abstract idea, but that's also what makes it exciting. What's the point in life if you already know everything that's going to happen?
My expectations for my master's degree, Business Information Management are high. It should be great to move a bit further towards computer science. I've been programming for quite a while already, first building a game, then building websites and finally building an app. So far it's been in my free-time, but it's an exciting idea that I'll finally be able to up my game to a more professional level now, combining it with my bachelor's education.

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