With anticipation buzzing in the air, the students got a taste of what post-lockdown student life could be like – many of them for the first time. CBS WIRE had a chat with some of the 60 organizations about bouncing back from a long and lonely wait, keeping up while working from home and about finding a community spirit in each other.
Fie Seibæk – CBS United Nations:
“Starting up after the lockdown has been busy. Our organization is travel based – I would actually say that more people are interested than before, because people want to travel! And they’re also super interested in the school they go to, they haven’t physically been to school for almost two years. So, we’ve had quite a lot more interest than we’ve had before – it’s been busy! We’ve had to recruit more people to structure everything.
But it was difficult during the lockdown. We had two-and-a-half weeks in New York planned in March, and four days before leaving we got shut down. CBS called and said, “You can’t go to New York with the 20 people you hired!” so we haven’t been able to do anything! And it’s been difficult to bring all the money back for the students.”
Suzy Nguyen – CBS Food Hub:
“We couldn’t do much during Corona because we couldn’t hold events, and that’s the main core of our student society. But now we are very motivated to do many things! Collaborate with restaurants, cook together, just bond over nice food! We’re finally able to do that! And we see it in the students, too. They are seeking new connections with similar interests – like food!
The lockdown was a bit difficult. We focused on social media, the only thing we could do, to keep our members motivated. We lost some members, but the most interested and passionate remained. And now we’re back! Cooking really delicious food! Not your mediocre basic whatever, but proper, proper food! We have people who know what they’re doing. So, if you want to learn something really good, come to us. Trust us!”
Henrik Brundell – Sweden Students:
“Restarting the organization has been quite a challenge. We took over from the previous board in the spring, and they didn’t really have the opportunity to host physical events. Our organization builds on social events, introducing Swedes at CBS to each other. And there’s the business part too, where we connect Swedish companies with Swedish students.
So, we really don’t have a lot to compare with. It’s been a challenge, but it’s also been really fun, and we can see that people are really eager to get back out and meet people, and people are interested. Even people who aren’t Swedish! I mean, last year we couldn’t even be here, and look at us now!”
Markus Kubesch – CBS Investment Club
“We had a lot of events during lockdown, and it worked out great in digital format. We had our partners join in online as well, and it was a huge success. I think we even grew during lockdown, and we were used to use Teams and other media. However, we are really looking forward to doing all this stuff in person again. We’re all thrilled and interested again!
And the networking part has been more difficult, getting to know other club members was hard. But hopefully it’s going forward from now on. And just being connected to likeminded and highly motivated people is great. We have our own fund. It’s very important that the analysts and portfolio managers can make real decisions, and that we invest real money from the very beginning. Plus, you expand your network, meeting people from other studies.
We’re a very active society, and very selective too. Every member has to put in four or five hours a week. It comes from these real-money investment funds – and you have to participate if you want responsibility for investment. Lots of talking, lots of workshops, lots of applied knowledge.”
Julie Lynghede – CBS dance
“Bouncing back from Corona has required a lot of footwork. We’ve had to gather up all the teachers to see who could still teach – it’s been so long! But demand is huge. We’ve been fully booked for all of September, so we just need more teachers!
We have a very dedicated board, and people are highly motivated, so keeping the organization up and running hasn’t been that hard. But it’s been a lot of fun! We work really well together, and it’s fun to have full control over a project and be able to shape it the way you want it. It’s also super fun to work with really creative people who have lots of ideas. It’s a very inspiring place to be. We take a lot of pride in our classes, making them free and open to everyone, so everyone can show up and try out dancing. You can feel the community spirit.”
If your interest is sparked, more information about the 150 or so different student societies can be found here: https://www.cbsstudents.dk/societies.