Global Entrepreneurship Program Orientation (Lyon, France)

Week 1 of Global Entrepreneurship Program: 

EMLYON Semester.

 

The Global Entrepreneurship Program:

Ah, “C’est La Vie,” (as they say in American movies, making us think that the French actually say that to express “it’s a good life,” which apparently, they really don’t!). It has been one amazing week so far in Lyon, France—the third largest, and also one of the most beautiful, cities in all of France. It’s the start of my Master’s in Global Entrepreneurship Program, and the start of a new chapter in my life.

It was a rough first day when I got here with zero sleep from Barcelona, but everything else has been a smooth sail. The people here are just awesome, the program so far seems amazing and Lyon is such a beautiful city. I absolutely love my new life here.

I was a bit surprised to learn that there will only be 29 students in this Global Entrepreneurship Program. I came here thinking that there would be about 30 students from each of the three schools (Purdue in the USA, EMLYON in France and Zhejiang University in China). This is such a small program, but I’m actually very glad because I was afraid that having 90 students would be too much. Everyone I’ve met so far is so unique and are literally from all over the world. From what I can remember, the program consists of students from China, India, Colombia, Canada, Nicaragua, Indonesia, France (and Martinique), UAE, Korea and of course, the United States—surprisingly, there’s only one actual American student, and he’s from Indiana! These aren’t students who are “French-American,” but literally from one of the countries I’ve mentioned above. It’s such a diverse program, that amongst the 29 of us, we speak about 11 different languages.

Everyone is so welcoming of accepting one another’s different cultures and backgrounds and we all seem to click very well together. Honestly, it’s only been one week, but I already feel very close to the friends that I have made here. I can totally see the people in this program being like my new family during this one-year adventure.

Here's half of us crammed in the kitchen on our first night in Lyon!
Here’s half of us crammed in the kitchen on our first night in Lyon!

As far as the school goes, I think I’m going to really enjoy myself. The one thing that made me hesitate about coming to this program was the thought of wasting money on tuition. I had always felt like my college education wasn’t really worth the money or the time I had spent, so I feared that I might feel the same way about grad school. So far though, I feel as though I am getting my money’s worth. To start, I was very surprised at all the things that they did to spoil us. For one, I am getting my own room and bathroom, which is not a lot, but since I came here anticipating a tiny room with a roommate and a hallway style bathroom, I was stoked. They also provide us with all new housing necessities like bedsheets and blankets, kitchen-stuff, toiletries, etc. which was just super convenient. Then to top it off, they gave all of us iPads to be more “eco-friendly.” Seriously, I thought I was paying $60,000 just for classroom time, but I am not complaining whatsoever on all these nice surprises along the way.

Showing off our new iPads!
Global Entrepreneurship Program, Class of 2014

Institute of Paul Bocuse:

Classes haven’t begun yet since it’s just orientation week. It feels like we’ve been on vacation all this time. On Thursday, we got a real treat at the Institute of Paul Bocuse. It’s a culinary art school in Lyon, started and named after one of the most prominent Michelin chefs in the world. We were there to learn about luxury in the hotel/restaurant industry. Our day consisted of some team-building exercises, tasting different tea, coffee and liquor, and being treated to a French gastronomy lunch.

At the Paul Bocus Institute of Culinary Arts
At the Paul Bocus Institute of Culinary Arts

The food was absolutely amazing and I wish I could eat like that for the rest of my life. It was a four-course meal, starting with some smoked salmon, frog legs, duck and dessert. The best part was trying frog legs for the first time, which to my surprise, ended up being one of the best dishes out of the whole meal.

Smoked salmon appetizer
Smoked salmon appetizer
My first time trying frog legs! Yum :P
My first time trying frog legs! Yum :P
Duck breast and figs
Duck breast and figs

 

Tour of the Beautiful City of Lyon:

On Friday, the class was taken to tour Lyon for the whole day. My, my, the city is spectacular and  SOOO MUCH MORE than what I had ever imagined it to be like. We went to the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere, Vieux Lyon, La Croix-Rousse, Ancient Theatre of Fourviere, Place Bellecour, had an amazing lunch with some of the professors and alumni from last year, and went to see some famous mural paintings. It was such a fun day and a great way to bond with my new friends from my program.

Here's the Global Entrepreneurship Program Class of 2014 in front of the Basilica de Notre-Dame de Fourviere
Here’s the Global Entrepreneurship Program Class of 2014 in front of the Basilica de Notre-Dame de Fourviere
La Croix-Rousse
La Croix-Rousse
Finally getting a new profile picture!
Finally getting a new profile picture!
Here's a panoramic view from outside the Basilica de Notre Dame de Fourviere, overlooking the city of Lyon!
Here’s a panoramic view from outside the Basilica de Notre Dame de Fourviere, overlooking the city of Lyon!
Here's a photo in front of these famous murals that are all over Lyon. They look SO real up-close, but they're literally flat walls.
In front of these famous murals that are all over Lyon. They look SO real up-close, but they’re literally flat walls.
Ancient Amphitheater of Fourviere
Ancient Amphitheater of Fourviere

Also, here’s some pics of the first night that we all went out together. Lyon at night is just as gorgeous as Lyon during the day:

GEP Class 5 representing :)
GEP Class 5 representing :)
Me and Colombia in front of Hotel Dieu
Me and Colombia in front of Hotel Dieu

Anyways, friends and family, do not worry about me. I am having an absolute blast here in Lyon. I cannot wait to share with you all the stories that are to come this year! I miss you all already.

xoxo from Lyon,
Jinny~

PS. Click the following links if you want to find out more about my Global Entrepreneurship Program! It’s a dual degree Master’s from Purdue University’s Krannert Management School and EMLYON Business School.