My name is Amalie Røsnes and I am a student at EF academy Torbay, studying the IB program. This will be my first blog post, updating all of you guys in English. I am really excited to start writing these blog posts, not only to update all of my friends and family back in Norway, but also informing present and maybe future students interested in EF Academy. My post for today is going to be al little bit different and weird, because that is exactly what these last three days have been like. I have to start by giving you guys some back story. At Torbay I study among other subjects, Business. It´s one of my favourite subjects and a while ago our school was given the opportunity to enter the global Hult business challenge. This was a competition and the task was to develop a product that Ford was going to sell and aim at generation Z (teenagers). Our group immediately started thinking about what this product would be and we figured out quite quickly that we wanted to develop a bike, an electric bike. This bike was going to be special and customisable for the customers need. It was going to have 25 different accessories that we defined as “add-ons”. Safety, gadgets and extra design was the three categories we had, each containing about seven add-ons. It was really exciting
We worked and developed our concept for over two months. Then came the day when all the different groups from our school gathered together to compete against each other. The jury consisted of teachers from our school and people from Hult university. We presented last and we were told later that we literally “dropped the mic”. We won this competition and we would be competing in the finals in London the 14th of January against two other groups. One group from EF Academy Oxford and the other one from EF Academy New York.
We had two months to prepare ourselves for the finals and during those two months, we had our winter break. We worked on our presentation in our business class and off school. It was fun, but a lot of work. We experienced a period were there were no new ideas and cool things to add. Our minds were stuck in the box.
The 12th of January we left the Academy and headed towards London. I’ve never been to London, so it was an AMAZING experience to see the London taxis, the London Eye, Big Ben and the London Bridge. Let me just tell you, reality beats movies and HD pictures! We arrived at Hult four o clock and was greeted by DittH, one of the people working for HULT. Me and Chalisa (one of my teammates) shared room at the campus. We were expected at the reception one hour later to socialize and meet the other teams. I was a bit nervous to mingle with everyone, but it turned out to be a great experience. All of the students were amazing and super, super nice! That night we had a lot of fun, eating good pizza, talking, getting to know each other and listening to live music.
Friday we woke up at seven thirty to get ready for our exciting day at Hult. We ate a good breakfast and enjoyed our surroundings (by that I mean the funky canteen at Hult!). We than went to class were Eli Bohemund held a really good presentation about public speaking. I learned a lot and he helped us calm some nerves. “If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail” was something that got stuck in my head after his class. This is especially important if you are going to try to convince your audience to but your idea! Btw, here is a smart tip we learned from Eli. If you ever feel your mouth drying up before a presentation, eat or drink something sweet. It will help you and may even calm you down a bit! After Eli´s class we had a coaching session with Daniel Rukare were he helped and prepared all the individual groups for our presentations on saturday. Daniel did a really good job helping our group. He helped us think outside the box and make our ideas POP! He was truly an amazing coach helping us along the way! After working for a long, long time we finally went to a restaurant and ate some really good steak! Hult had booked us tickets for a Stomp show, and yes I was as confused as you probably are now. Stomp? Stomp uses the body and ordinary objects to create a physical theatre performance creating rhythms, music and acrobatics. And it was unbelievable! It was so much fun and was so cool!