Natalie explains how integral the professors at The American University of Paris (AUP) are to the success and enjoyment of the course
Why did you choose this institution and course?
I applied for AUP partly because it is a liberal arts education system and more specifically because of the management course. I wanted to study management but do so for an industry where I could make a difference, such as the non-profit sector, which is why I chose the NGO and mission-based management track. As someone who loves the French language, I also wanted the opportunity to study in France and improve my French.
What are the benefits of the course?
During my studies at AUP, I met people from all over the world and they compelled me to put my best self forward. People are competitive in the classroom, but inclusive and welcoming outside of it. I think this makes you a better student and person. One of my favourite professors was Professor Robert Earhart. He was one of the best professors I have ever had. Not only are his lessons well thought-out, creative and educational, but he has a way of relating management theories to different industries and fields. He knew that students were interested in a range of fields and was able to demonstrate how theories were applicable across a broad spectrum of industries.
The course itself is challenging and rewarding. In addition to learning about essential subjects (like accounting and human resources), I developed soft skills that are applicable in the workplace. This shows the real value of the program - you gain essential knowledge about management theory and learn vital skills that managers must have today, such as teamwork and public speaking.
What did you do outside of the course?
I got involved in other activities and student clubs around campus, such as Net Impact, a student organisation with branches across the world. The goal of the organisation is to train the next generation of students to be leaders, and to be sensitive to a variety of social and environmental issues. Net Impact illustrated how business can have a real impact on the world. Within the organisation, I helped to plan and organise events on campus that would benefit the student body and help me improve my organisational and leadership skills.
I also had a chance to experience a study trip through Cultural Programs. This was a totally unique, one-of-a-kind opportunity. I never would have thought that I would go and study for ten days in Cambodia. It was a life-changing experience for many reasons and something that I believe helped me grow even more as a person and into my career.
Find out more
- Learn all about the NGO and mission-based management track at AUP.