Heidi Othelie Lund is a 23 year old Masters of International Business student from Kongsberg, Norway. She completed her bachelors of commerce from the University of Melbourne.
"Cobs popcorn sweet & salty, a deck of cards, and music."
Q: You grew up in Norway, tell us about your hometown?
A: I’m from Kongsberg, which is a winter city, so it’s essentially a valley with mountains surrounding it. During winter I can easily put skis on at my doorstep, and head straight into the nature to go cross country skiing.
Q: What’s a phrase or saying in your native country and why is it important to you?
“Koselig” describes the feeling of warmth and friendliness that arises when sharing simple pleasures of life with people you like. It is similar to ‘cozy’, but doesn't grasp the full meaning. Koselig includes things like cuddling, meeting someone you haven’t seen in ages, a good party, and especially being snowed in at your cabin in the mountains. I’m all for those ‘koselige' moments!
Q: When you moved to Melbourne, what was your first impression of the city?
A city with full of life, and super lovely people with funky accents.
"I know there are lots of great opportunities out there and I'm willing to take a risk for the right job if it sounds like an interesting experience."
Q: What’s an extracurricular activity you enjoy doing?
I absolutely love to dance! Last semester my dance team and I travelled to America to represent Australia at The Dance World Championships. We placed 9th, which is the best Australia has ever done! Discipline and hard work definitely pays off!
Q: What is a culture MBS has encouraged you to either get involved in or learn more about?
A: Definitely India - I’m so excited to go visit all the wonderful people I’ve met. The food (particularly Paav bhaji) and the friends I've met from India intrigues me to visit the country. Im also really wanting to go to an Indian wedding!
Q: You’ve lived in a few different cities around the world, which city resonates with you the most and why?
A: Shanghai. My dad has lived there for 16 years (basically all my life that I can remember), and I’ve lived there during both elementary and high school, which has made me very attached to the city. It's a city that never sleeps, and is full of opportunities and exciting adventures!
Q: Is there an industry or career path you see yourself taking after graduation?
A: I’m contemplating entering the hotel industry, but that being said, I’m very excited to see where life takes me. I know there are lots of great opportunities out there and I'm willing to take a risk for the right job if it sounds like an interesting experience.
Q: Why the hotel industry?
A: Hotel industry, because when I was growing up I stayed in a fair few hotels, which sparked my curiosity and so I’ve always weirdly liked hotels since then. I can also see myself living in multiple counties in the future, so it's a career that would suit my lifestyle well.
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Q: How did the bachelors of commerce prepare you for your program at MBS?
A: It basically just feels like a continuation, so it set me up really well for the MBS program. Shout out to everyone who came from other backgrounds!
Q: When you leave UniMelb, what do you want to take with you?
A: Being at UniMelb for 4.5 years, it is very difficult to say one specific thing. But one thing is for sure - I will take with me endless of unforgettable memories and amazing friendships!
Q: What class at UniMelb has had the greatest impact on you?
A: Business Finance because I found the subject very challenging, hence I learnt the importance of believing in myself. If you don't believe in yourself, the task becomes that much harder. This is particularly the case at UniMelb where the talent is outstanding, which makes it very easy to question own abilities.
Q: You are stranded on a desert island for a year, what are three things (not people) you bring with you?
A: Cobs popcorn sweet & salty, a deck of cards, and music.
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