To Be or Not To Be: Fitting in with the CBS Stereotype
A month has passed since we, the 2970 new students at CBS, said goodbye to summer holidays, gap years and a life in freedom and hello to being a full-time bachelor students. A month that for most students, myself included, has consisted of surviving a cabin-trip with minimum amount of sleep and maximum amount of alcohol (or soda), watching DJ Alligator perform “Davaj, Davaj” at our very first Nexus party and last, but not least, meeting tons of new people and getting unforgettable experiences. However, now the introduction is over. We have all started classes and perhaps have already started reminiscing of the good old intro days.
I come from a rather artistic environment, having mostly friends that are either studying the humanities or pursuing careers within the arts. So, when I decided to apply to CBS the reaction I typically got from many were as such: “Really? Do you know what kind of people go there?”; “Oh my God, you are so not going to fit in. Don’t tell them you’re from Jutland And DON’T say what kind of music you listen to!” Then there was more than a few who simple dished out a long, silent pause followed by a gigantic “WHAT?”. Apparently, my experience was not unique. One of my fellow classmates told me her friend reacted to the news of her admission to CBS by explaining to her that all “CBS’ students are extreme rightists. They wear suits every day and drink nothing but the most expensive champagne and wine when they party. The majority is in fact dumb and their only purpose in life is to earn a lot of money.” It’s undeniable that there are a lot of prejudices that surround CBS, and even though most of us were hopefully a bit more openminded prior to our first day of school, we probably did not show up completely unbiased.
However, I’m one month in now and I must admit that my friends´ prejudices, as prejudices tend to do, have been proven wrong. Or at least some of them. Because yes, I have gotten my very first friend from “Konservativ Ungdom” (and it luckily seems there are more to come). As aforementioned, it was DJ Alligator who played at our first official CBS party, and though some might disagree, I did not find this to be the most high-brow choice of entertainment. Our cabin trip was sponsored by the Danish bank Nordea, and FinanceLab did seem to interest lots of my fellow students, whereas no feminist organization is to be found among the student societies. And, when I ask my new classmates which of their prejudices about CBS have been confirmed, every one seems to agree that even though it may not be every students ambition to make bundles of money, it is true that students are very ambitious about their work and business and finance.
Luckily, the first four weeks have shown there is so much more to CBS life than this. Something that seems to have positively surprised almost all the first year students I have talked to is the social life at school and the possibilities to engage in extracurriculars. I personally expected, or feared, everyone would have a very individual mindset, and that, after intro-weeks, students would engage in nothing but their own studies, driven by their individual goals. More and more students seem to be participating in activities besides their studies, and have arranged far more events, social and academic, than I have even been able to attend. Though most students look alike (as most Danes look alike), there is a much more relaxed atmosphere when it comes to appearance than what many of us were told beforehand, and even if Nexus´s theme this week is “suit-up,” this does not seem to be the everyday dress code at CBS – you can actually look however you want, listen to whatever kind of music you want and even say you are originally from Jutland without having people look at you the wrong way.