Winter School Testimonies

Imane El Amrany - Morocco, Al Akhawayn University

Imane El Amrany - Morocco, Al Akhawayn University - TBS Winter School 2018What studies are you doing?
I am in my second year of studies towards a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a double concentration in Marketing and International Business.

Why did you choose the TBS Winter School over other Winter programs?
I chose it for three main reasons:
- The reputation of TBS as being one of the top business schools in France and Europe.
- All the courses provided by TBS Winter School corresponded to the courses offered at my university with a European/French approach, which I was very interested to learn about.
- The two cities: Paris and Toulouse, in which the TBS Winter program is held, are major business hubs and have a very rich culture.


How did the Winter School Team help you?
The Team was at our disposal from the beginning of the program till the end in case of any issue or request.  The team was available if we needed help to find a place or if we had a problem with the accommodation. What I also appreciated was that they were always checking on us and making sure we didn’t need anything. The Team was very friendly, thoughtful and played a major role in making the participants bond with each other and become friends.

How do you think that the program will help your future career?
The program is definitely an added value for my future professional career. In fact, through the International Marketing course that I took, I was able to get knowledge about how marketing is performed and managed in various international companies. Moreover, thanks to the various projects and case studies that we had to work on, I was able to practice this knowledge in concrete situations.

Were there any social/cultural activities that you particularly enjoyed? 
I enjoyed most of the cultural and company visits. On one hand, the TBS Winter School team chose to make us discover the most famous monuments of each city, which was important for me as a tourist. On the other hand, I had the opportunity to visit some of the most successful companies worldwide: Hermès and Danone. As a business student, visiting these companies was a great way for me to learn more about their work environment and culture. I also got a better understanding of what business professionals are doing.

What did you appreciate about the Winter School: the people, the town, the School etc.?
I think that the TBS Winter School experience was a success for me because of three elements: the people, who were friendly and welcoming, the beautiful vibrant city of Paris, and the quality education with competent professors.

Can you give us a small anecdote concerning your time at TBS?
One great memory that I have of my time at TBS was when other students and I went to Montmartre with a team of videographers to shoot a video for the TBS Winter School. We had a fun time playing in front of the camera and walking around the beautiful place of Montmartre, which I really recommend to future participants to visit.

What advice would you give to a future TBS Winter School participant?
The advice I would give to future TBS Winter School participants is to make the most out of this excellent experience by learning as much as they can from the professors, participating in as many activities organized by the TBS Winter School Team as possible and making as many friends as they can.

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Swapnil Nivendkar - India, Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Mumbai

Imane El Amrany - Morocco, Al Akhawayn University - TBS Winter School 2018What studies are you doing?
I have completed B.Tech in Computer Engineering (Bachelors) and I am currently working for Samsung R&D in Bangalore as a Software Engineer after graduating in May 2018.

Why did you choose the TBS Winter School over other Winter programs?
The TBS Winter School provided really interesting choices of courses, in addition to the fact that TBS has a triple accreditation which makes this choice very reliable amongst others. The Winter School takes place in two locations: Paris and Toulouse, which felt like a complete package as it provided the experience of two entirely different cities. TBS also made sure that students at the Winter School get time out of the courses to visit places of tourist interest. The activities lined up by the Winter School were really interesting.


How did the Winter School Team help you?
The Winter School Team were absolutely brilliant with the way they assisted us. Before coming to Paris, I had a lot of concerns since this was my first ever solo international travel and there were a lot of arrangements to be made before I departed, needless to say they were absolutely efficient in answering my queries. On reaching Paris, Naomi (the Winter School Coordinator) was present at all times and assisted each one of us personally. The Winter School Team to me is not just a Team but a big gang full of friendly faces now.

How do you think that the program will help your future career?
I have taken more than I expected from my time with TBS, this was a much-needed multi-cultural experience. With so many students from different countries, it was interesting to learn about their life back at home and learn about new cultures. The courses were reassuring about my choice to pursue management courses in parts of my future career, and were taught by professors who had vast experiences in that field and enlightened us with information that were beyond the course. It is needless to say that the Winter School has had a major impact on my perspective towards the world and is definitely going to help me with my career

Were there any social/cultural activities that you particularly enjoyed? 
Skiing in the Pyrenees was without a doubt one of the best experiences of my life. Some of us were beginners, we were assigned a separate trainer who saw us through the entire activity. Skiing was absolutely liberating and was managed well by TBS. While we may not have skied as much as the experienced ones, there was a learning experience attached to it and by the end of the classes, we were able to race down the mountain with ease. Since back in India it’s not a common sport, I never really understood the thrill about it until I did it. This is definitely something I will be repeating if I ever travel to the European region again. Another activity was the visit of the A380 Airbus manufacturing unit in Toulouse. For somebody who is an avid reader and follower of the aviation industry, I was looking forward to this. We were able to see the plane in the manufacturing process and understand how it works thanks to the explanations of the guide. This technological marvel is quite inspiring and I feel fortunate that I was able to see this in the process.

What did you appreciate about the Winter School: the people, the town, the School etc.?
When I arrived in Paris my major worry was getting to the hotel from the airport. I met a friendly Parisian on the flight who helped me get the tickets and explained how to use the train here. This really impressed me about the people here. They’re always on the go but they will definitely greet you with a smile and a bonjour to go with it. Paris was a city on my bucket list to visit and it happened sooner than I expected. I was in awe of this city - unmatchable beauty that it is, with the Eiffel tower standing tall and shining as magnificently as ever. The remarkable architecture of every single building in this city just makes you want to get lost in it. Our hotel located in the 15th arrondissement, gave an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower, a 10-minute walk away. It cannot be expressed in words what it felt like to sleep facing the Eiffel tower, watching it sparkle in the night. It was breathtaking.
 
As soon as the classes progressed, all the Winter School students got acquainted and explored the night life. With streets like Champs Elysees and shopping centres like Galeries Lafayette, this city is flooded with beautiful spots to visit. What I miss are the boulangeries of Paris, with a sweet tooth I couldn’t get enough of them. TBS had been impeccable with the arrangements: they had arranged for everything that was required for a student from abroad. Completing not only the student requirements but also the tourist requirements, recommending places and taking us there and getting us acquainted with the French culture. Our professor Gilles Nakhle was outstanding, with his knowledge in the field of International Marketing and insightful examples from the world, his course was complete. TBS had made sure that we got the best out of this course and were successful in doing so.
 
Moving to Bordeaux for a much-needed weekend stay, compared to all the rush and pace of Paris this was a small city, very French and very beautiful. Visiting the vineyards on the outskirts and going for wine tasting was a relaxing and fun activity. This is the first time I’ve ever put so much thought into wine and realized the effort that goes into the making of it. If you’re ever in France, this is something that has to be on your list. Travelling to Toulouse from Bordeaux the bus ride was terrific with scenes of the countryside and the green images which left me completely stuck to the window. Toulouse is a calm city which is basically the perfect place for students, with a blend of beauty and pleasant weather. TBS has a big campus in this city and the campus came alive here. We met students from different courses and had a great time socializing with them in student bars. Toulouse is a friendly city with people cycling all around and a pleasant atmosphere everywhere. There was everything right about this Winter School, from all the friends I made, my roommate of Paris Zakaria, the cheerful Indonesians always on the move, the Australia - New Zealand banter, and the Germans who always had a story to share. It was a perfect mix of people, and all the people I met on this trip are definitely going to be missed. This will be an event in my life which will remain very close to me.

What advice would you give to a future TBS Winter School participant?
Socialize and network as much as possible as you will never know who can inspire you. People from different countries coming to the same place can lead to some events in the future you might have not planned for. TBS is a wonderful institution to be a part of and they provide the right balance of academic classes and time to explore the cities. I am really glad that I made this choice.

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