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Natalie Cassedy — MSc in International Management, NGO and Mission Based Management

American University of Paris

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.

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