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Kornel (Hungary)

Kornel (Hungary)

Introducing Kornel, a first-year student in our Global BBA program since Fall 2023. Originally from Hungary, Kornel chose Japan for a fresh cultural experience outside the EU. Dive into his journey, exploring classes, internship hunts, Japanese language learning, and receiving our IB Scholarship!

Please introduce yourself

Hey there, I'm Kornel! I've spent my entire life in Hungary, attending an international school that follows the IB curriculum. This unique educational experience has allowed me to connect with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds, providing me with invaluable insights into different ways of life. Despite this enriching environment, I've always harbored a deep-seated desire to venture beyond the borders of my homeland and immerse myself in a completely different cultural landscape. I'm excited to share my journey of exploration and discovery as I embark on this thrilling adventure of living, learning, and working in a new country with a fresh mindset.

Why did you want to study in Japan?

I've always wanted to experience life beyond the EU, and Japan was a top choice for me. The idea of living and studying in a completely different culture fascinated me. When the opportunity to go to Japan came up, I jumped at it. It was a chance to see the world from a whole new perspective and gain valuable experiences along the way.

Where did you first hear of NUCB? What made you choose the Global BBA Program?

I first learned about NUCB through an invitation via Concourse by NUCB. As someone interested in studying or living in Japan, I was immediately intrigued. Knowing that the school is triple accredited, I was confident that I'd gain a wealth of knowledge and skills.

Can you tell us about the IB Scholarship that you received?

When applying to NUCB, I submitted my IB Diploma and since I had a score higher than 32 / 42 I was eligible for the IB Scholarship. When I received my acceptance letter, I was notified that I was successfully granted a scholarship of ¥300,000 per year. It is guaranteed for my first 2 years and after that I can maintain it if I keep a high GPA and attendance rate.

What is your impression of the Case Study Method? Did you have any experience at high school with this style?

Drawing from my experience with the IB curriculum in high school, I found similarities with NUCB's approach. At my school, we were empowered to think critically and engage in discussions even before topics were formally introduced. This early exposure not only allowed us to delve deeper into subjects but also nurtured our ability to think independently. It's this shared spirit of fostering curiosity and autonomy that instantly resonated with me when I discovered NUCB through Concourse.

What has been your favorite class / professor / case so far and why?

While I enjoy all my classes, I particularly like working with data and conducting analysis. That's why Professor Wei's Quantitative Analysis class has been a standout for me. Delving into the intricacies of analyzing and presenting data has been incredibly rewarding, making it my favorite class thus far.

How will the case method / NUCB network help you for your future?

I believe that the case method will equip me with essential skills for fostering meaningful discussions with my future classmates and colleagues. This interactive approach not only enhances my ability to articulate ideas effectively but also hones my critical thinking skills. Also, by immersing myself in the NUCB network, I'll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and gain insights into various career paths.

What is your favorite facility on campus? What has been your most memorable moment so far?

I think my favorite facility on campus would be the ALC (Active Learning Center) as I have spent most of my time there. I think the design is really nice and it allows the full time GBBA students to meet with the exchange students.

I absolutely loved the Sagamine Festival organized by the school! The delicious food, fantastic company, and vibrant atmosphere made it an unforgettable experience.

Are you working part-time or planning to?

At the moment, I'm focused on seeking out internships instead of part-time jobs. I believe that gaining hands-on experience through internships will be more beneficial for my future career trajectory.

What do you do in your free time before/after class and on weekends?

During my free time, you'll often find me hanging out with friends or hitting the gym a few times a week to stay active. Whether it's prepping for upcoming classes in my dorm or pursuing professional certificates online to enhance my skill set, I'm always seeking opportunities to grow both personally and professionally.

What dormitory are you in, what do you think of it?

I'm currently residing in the Meito Dormitory, which I find to be comfortable and have numerous benefits, such as its proximity to an Aeon mall for grocery shopping, as well as its reasonable distance from the station, making commuting easier.

Are you part of any clubs or language exchange? How about Japanese lessons?

I actively participate in the Language Exchange Program, and one of the highlights for me is interacting with Japanese students at NUCB. I've found them to be incredibly kind, respectful, and genuinely friendly. Not only do they make language exchange enjoyable, but they're also great people to hang out with.

I'm currently enrolled in Japanese Introductory 3, and I'm thrilled with the progress I've made in learning Japanese. Considering I had zero prior knowledge before coming to Japan, I'm pleasantly surprised by how well my language skills are developing.

What do you think of the diversity of NUCB? (students and professors)

The diversity at NUCB is truly remarkable, and I believe it offers students a unique opportunity to broaden their perspectives. Interacting with peers from various backgrounds allows us to explore new viewpoints and challenge our existing beliefs.

Do you have any advice for those considering NUCB?

I would highly recommend creating a structured schedule to manage assignments effectively. Prioritize tasks based on deadlines and importance, and consider dedicating specific times during the week to work on them. Additionally, going the extra mile by conducting supplementary research demonstrates your commitment to the class and enhances your understanding.

What kind of student excels at NUCB? How would you describe the student life here?

Students who excel at NUCB are those who not only strive to exceed expectations but also demonstrate care and support for their peers.
Student life at NUCB is dynamic and engaging. Balancing pre-planning and pre-learning lessons with group projects keeps students actively involved in their studies while fostering a sense of teamwork.