*Grabs Pam Grier lunchbox full with a sandwich, juice box, and some animal crackers*
Yes yes! School has started, and although I was dreading it given that I’m enjoying Milan so much, I have to say that Week 1 set some pretty great expectations. As a second year I’ve gotten my swagger back, and I feel like I’m finally starting to figure some things out. Also having worked for a wonderful company for 12 weeks over summer actually getting the chance to apply some knowledge, I certainly feel like I’m getting a handle on things. Like always though, I was very worried coming here to Bocconi because it is such a great school, I wondered how I would measure up. The international students at OSU are AMAZING and pure GENIUSES. How would I compare to Italian students and other international students? Scary stuff, but as I learned over the summer that little bit of nervousness and fear is a good thing. It’s a gut check to remind you to never get too comfortable. So I pressed on.
I basically have one class a day with the exception of Thursday. My Wednesday class is split into two sessions making Thursday a bit longer and Wednesday a bit shorter. My schedule is pretty ideal. I don’t have crazy jam packed days and I have Fridays off! Some of the classes will be a bit of work, and others not to much. What’s really strange is here they have the differentiation of “Attending” and “Non-Attending”, which is exactly how it sounds. If you want to do all the work, you come to class, and you’re an “attending” student. You grade is made up of the assignments and the final. If you’re “non-attending” you don’t come to class, but your final is 100% from the book. It’s a bit of a toss up for me. Given that I’m new to this school, and I know how I love to procrastinate, I’m better off just going to class, doing the work, and letting that be that. The fact that they even offer the option not to though….WOW.
Being the American Exchange student is somewhat weird and then also awesome. Bocconi is a major international school, so there are tons of students from all over the place, but mainly coming from all over Italy and within the EU. Additionally, while there may be students from other countries, there are less that are on exchange, meaning only here for one semester. So at the beginning of each class this week I felt like that weird kid that no one knows from that strange country. You know like in High School there was that tall awkward kid named “Sven” who just moved to the states with his parents and his English was God awful. That’s me. I’m Sven. However, as luck would have it, being American makes me cool! Being outspoken in class makes me seem smart, so my milkshake was bring all the students to the yard, and after class people were coming up to me, asking to join their groups. So I made a ton of friends in Week 1, which is great because I still know very little about Milan. It was great, and I think I’m going to like my time at Bocconi. I’m actually going to learn some things, but most importantly I’m going to learn a lot about some great people. One of my groups has 3 girls from Portugal, and a guy from Sweden. Our conversations are really eye-opening and it’s all so interesting to be so immersed in real diversity.
So far so good!!!
Here are a few pics of the school: