My experience so far has been unique, empowering, and truly magical. Going to college in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by cornfields, in a small town of less than 10,000 people is in stark contrast with who I am, or who I thought I was before I fell in love with this place.
On my way here from Mumbai, I didn't think I would ever belong at Grinnell because of its geographic isolation and rural setting. The college transition in itself is extremely transformative, but mine felt particularly drastic: going from 20 million people to 10,000, from the city skyline to a town where the tallest building is four storeys high, from the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city to, well, the middle of nowhere..
Never in my life have I been this happy while admitting that I was wrong. So, so wrong. Everything that I thought would make me feel out of place has truly helped me belong here. The small population has allowed me to foster meaningful and caring relationships, from friends to mentors. This network of support extends beyond college students and faculty, and into the town itself, where working at the pre-school, middle school, and high school has helped me meet a lot more new people. The college has also connected every international student with a host family, and I have had such a wholesome and wonderful experience with mine; my host 'sister' is seven years old and I've had so much fun bonding and goofing around with her!
The isolation of Grinnell means there's a lot to do on campus itself- within the first few weeks, I had countless opportunities to explore what I'm passionate about. I got involved in Mock Trial, a Prison Teaching Programme, South Asian Student Organisation, and the All Campus Events Committee. I've found a community and family in everything I partake in, and it's made my experience so rewarding and fulfilling.
Academically, the rigour is unmatched and classes can be very challenging, but the faculty is incredibly supportive and the small class size means every single one of us is made to feel like no matter how tough it gets, we can do it.
Grinnell has already given me so much to be grateful for, and I cannot wait to see what I discover in the next four years!
Shubhika Devrani (OIS Class of 2019)
Does IB prepare you for university? Will it be different? Is the transition difficult? Is it hard to balance your academic, social and daily chores? Do you have the best time? Is it different as compared to high school? Is it too cold during winter?
YES. Living in a new country, I initially thought that it would be hard to have conversations with the people due to the difference in interests. But it all works out and you have the best time of your life. You stay up together with your new friends, procrastinate together, cry together before an exam, or pull all-nighters for no reason. During the week, its hell just like IB but after Thursday, you enjoy, meet new people every weekend, get lost in the woods and have new experiences. By meeting people from different countries, you learn so much about different cultures and experience different functions. You change as a person because you have to be responsible but can be irresponsible. In a few words, “College is academically and socially challenging, but rewarding.”
-Krtin Juneja (OIS Class of 2019)
Candidate for BS, Data Analytics and Business Studies
TBS has campuses in 5 places in the world - Morocco- Casablanca, Paris, Barcelona (oldest one), London, Toulouse
Fee is EUR 7500-8000 per year
Deposit is €4000
10% discount if you do your application before December
Bachelor program is Accredited by AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
TBS belongs to very few business school’s that have these accreditations.
Values of the school- Excellence, responsibility, boldness, openness, agility.
25% international students.
5000 students in different programs (5650) and 350 staff
50% international professors - everyone speaks English
102 resident faculty
55 international Double Degree Programs
80 nationalities Represented
Three year program with specialization in year 3
Internships are compulsory
200+ partner universities
520 short programs (summer or winter)
140 Masters in Management agreements with partner universities (with accredited universities) in 48 countries
Research center is also highly regarded
Everyone is engaged in the research labs
Learning labs on campus - digital teaching, changing educational ways of teaching
New learning areas, innovation days, digital certification, workshops
They are the first business school to be part of the 40 Business schools in France.
TBS is first to get recognized for digital innovation
One of the Best ranked programs in France accredited by the French state and international accreditation too.
40% students go to work
60% students go to masters programs
Year 1 - choose a campus to start - Toulouse or Barcelona
Year 2- choose another location for semester abroad
Year 3 - choose a campus to specialize OR double degree options (Germany, Indonesia and Mauritius. Curtin university in Australia- coming soon)
112 international partner universities
Year 3 specialization - International electives, Business area , Professional path
Multi campus organization
630 students - 45 different nationalities
Only one bachelor's program
10 year old college
New campus in 2021 along with students residence next door
Partner University options in semester 4 for Barcelona students
Year 3 specializations -- Human resource management, Finance, Operation marketing
Or professional path - Luxury and fashion management, Entrepreneurship, Digital marketing
School was born under the umbrella of the chamber of commerce
3 excellence scholarships
5 TBS study abroad scholarships are available.
So far, I have been loving university life. There's a sense of satisfaction that I receive when I do my own laundry, cook my own meals and generally just have complete control over the affairs of my daily life. The actual academic part of university is brutal (maybe it's because all my courses are science and science labs) but having done a course in high school that already built skills that you need in uni, it almost felt natural to get back to the late nights and never ending lists of things to do. IB was hard but university is definitely more challenging in a completely unique way. It sounds cliche but it tests me both as a student and a person. Interacting with many different kinds of people can really change the way you view the world and your place in the world. I have been discovering new things about myself as a person everyday.
-Noyonika Parulekar (Class of 2019)
Istituto Marangoni located at the top floors of Ceejay House in Worli, Mumbai, has courses for Fashion, Art and Design. Their program is 1+2 or 2+2 - year 1 in India and then an opportunity to transfer to Milan, Paris, London, Shanghai or Miami.
They have professionals from the industry coming and conducting lectures throughout the semester for students to have industry explore early on.
Their collaborative work spaces are amazing and students have lots of space and resources to explore different facets of art, design and fashion.
The Final project students work on, is in collaboration with companies across the world.
More information can be found here - https://www.istitutomarangoni.com/en/campus/mumbai/
“You For Sure” was built on an instrumental that I made (and almost archived) in 2016. The song came to life when I sent Awedi the instrumental and he wrote a demo vocal on it. The melody was really catchy and had a great vibe to it. Soon, we were exchanging ideas regarding the theme of the song and did some sessions to finish writing the lyrics he sent me. Post recording the vocals and laying down the final arrangement, I was playing around with the initial drop and ended up with a much different, more bouncy and dance oriented drop. At that point, we felt that the song had become what we envisioned it to be and that made it special for both of us.
Many months later, we are super happy to finally put this record out and we can’t wait to see you vibe to it!
Awedi and I had a lot of fun making this record.
Watch the music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lw2UhLMCLyU
-Yash Vaid (Class of 2019)
Honored and excited to share that Krish Abrol will be representing the University of Southern California (USC) as a Forbes Under 30 Scholar at the Under 30 Summit in Detroit this October!
This summit, held annually, is a collection of some of the world's most brilliant individuals in fields like technology, philanthropy, finance, and more. This presents the Forbes 30 under 30 honorees the ability to meet with and be inspired by both the speakers at the event and their fellow recipients: people who use an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset to create positive change in this world and shape our future for the better.
OIS Student Aditya Pande writes about Period Taboos and his week long Experience Making Sanitary Napkins
Hi, I am Aditya Pande, an avid golfer and a student at Oberoi International School (Goregaon) Grade 11. My subjects include Mathematics, Economics and Physics. In the future, I plan to take up something that combines my passion for golf as well as my academic preferences. I firmly believe in the saying of one of my Golfing Idols, Sam Snead - “Of all of the hazards, fear is the worst.”
Click here to read about My small attempt to #boothetaboo
OIS Alumni Nandan Venkatesan Studying at UW Madison, Shares his Thoughts on '5 things I wish I knew before college'
My interest in filmmaking grew ever since I was in school. So, this semester I started making films and uploading them to YouTube. I recently made a one and a half minute film called 'A Summer in Madtown' which encompasses the fun spirit of Madison. I also made a video called '5 Things I Wish I Knew Before College,' a video about things I feel people should know before starting college.
Click here to watch the videos:
(OIS class of '18)