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Bailey Paxton - BI Norwegian Business School

Published: Wednesday, 29 Nov 2017
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Name: Bailey Paxton 

Status: Junior

Major: Business

Hometown: South Lyon, MI

Program: BI Norwegian Business School - International Summer Program

While studying abroad this summer in Norway, the main focus of the program that I participated in was Norwegian business culture. I was very fortunate to get the opportunity to intern for the month and a half before and after the program. While I learned a tremendous amount in class, my internship allowed me to experience the Norwegian business culture first hand, before taking the class and then gave me the ability to reference my experiences in class. After the program had ended, I was then able to then apply the things that I learned in an actual work setting. 

When I wasn't working or studying, I was definitely making the most out of my time in Europe. On the weekends and during my time off, I took trips to Sweden, Denmark, England, Germany, Italy and even Israel. During my time in Oslo, I joined the King's Royal Norwegian Yacht Club (also known as K.N.S.). Although I was not able to meet the king, I was able to sail J/70 boats in their weekly regattas. One experience that I will never forget was sailing back from Tønsberg to Oslo after helping with the largest sailboat race in Scandinavia. It was absolutely surreal sailing through a fjord being surrounded by hundreds of other boats and mountains peeking out from the fog.

Spending the summer abroad in Norway was easily the best decision of my life. I started off in a city halfway across the world where I knew absolutely no one, but I was able to make friends, grow learn at a faster pace than ever before. It was a life changing experience that I would recommend to anyone.  I am so grateful to everyone who helped make it possible and I look forward to making it a possibility for others in the future.

One thing that I noticed from day one was the Norwegian's love for coffee breaks. It is part of their work culture to take a ten to fifteen minute break anywhere from four to six times throughout the day. At first I could not believe it! Just think of how much time was being wasted! During my classes, I found out that the Norwegians do it because it allows the workers to interact and build friendships with their colleagues in order to build a more productive work atmosphere.