NEOMA Business School, the balance between academic excellence and community life

Founded on three campuses in Reims, Rouen and Paris, the NEOMA Business School cultivates openness, kindness and agility in every discipline. This well-established philosophy allows students to integrate social life and classes where the spirit of family and teamwork reigns. Interview with Margaux Hourdin, a Global BBA graduate who is very involved in community life.

What studies are you following at NEOMA Business School?

I just finished my Global BBA in Rouen. I really appreciate these four years that have allowed us to open up the field of possibilities by building our project management agility. We come out with a lot of skills thanks to the courses, but also to the compulsory internships each year. In the second year, we will go abroad for a year. I chose Zaragoza, Spain. In the third year, you do an internship at a start-up. Then in the fourth year, I chose to do my internship again in Spain, this time in Madrid. Since our classes were in English from the third year, I chose to perfect my Spanish skills to master the third language for later. It was for all these reasons that I decided to stay at NEOMA to get into an MSc in Business Development and Key Accounts. I will be joining NEOMA Paris in a work-study program from October.

What is the difference, in your opinion, with NEOMA BS?

I noticed a difference once I passed my oral to get into the first year. I immediately felt the family and friendly atmosphere that reigned at the school. There was no visible competition between the students. Beyond the educational program I liked, all of these elements were important to me. In the beginning, of course, we knew nothing. We all come from different regions. But we quickly met thanks to the many events organized – even one a week. There are always things to do. You will meet many on and off campus. We quickly mixed in with other promotions. That’s where I started, little by little, to get involved in associations.

How has the school shown your commitment to the association?

I joined the Student Office (BDE) in the first year by joining the events department. In particular, we organized after work, parties, the day of reunion, the end of the year gala. In the second year, the former president contacted me to suggest that I be vice president of BDE and responsible for the events department. Then I became president of BDE. Despite two relatively complicated years due to the health crisis, I have very good memories. In particular, I participated in the organization of orals on NEOMA campuses. Our slogan in these orals is “Join the family”. That says it all.

Can we say that this associative life gives an initial taste of professional life?

Yes, that’s all! It’s really an added value to be part of an association. Whichever you are, you are truly involved in campus life. You should know that an association works like a business. It allows you to build a network, take responsibilities and initiatives, perform various missions such as managing a budget, creating an event from A to Z, negotiating prices on a bar for a after work, animate social networks. Everyone works in synergy. On the three campuses, there are nearly 90 associations. So there is no shortage of ideas between student life, arts and culture, multimedia, business and entrepreneurship, unity.

How to balance academic excellence and investment in an association?

The balance is very healthy. It blends well with the courses. And when everyone is in a period of partial, we make sure there will be no affiliate missions. We don’t have classes every Thursday afternoon. This slot allows us to get together to prepare and schedule upcoming events, to anticipate and propagate everyone’s missions. Proximity to staff is important. We are in regular contact with the school administration. Every event submitted must be validated. We also see them in the context of a budget request to finance such and such a project.

What event will remain etched in your memory?

The day of mating, in the first year. Lots of work and so much fun to organize. We were able to plan an entire day, which ended at 4 am. We rented a place 45 minutes from Rouen where we organized many activities, team games and an evening. It really allows you to socialize and create unity.

A final word to summarize, in your opinion, the aspect of family, mutual assistance and interaction that prevails in NEOMA?

I will say that “Join the family” is not just a slogan, it really is the spirit of NEOMA. Being in NEOMA means being part of the same family, because we spend our days together. When we go abroad, we are always in touch with each other. Before the exam, we all work together. You have to go to NEOMA to experience it and realize that it’s not just words.

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