Best Week in the Global Entrepreneurship Program So Far (Lyon, France)

Week 5 of Global Entrepreneurship Program:

EMLYON Semester.

 

Actually Having Real Grad School Work:

This has by far been the best week of academics, finally! I probably learned more this past week in class than I have all summer—which includes my Duke Law School courses. It’s been full five days of non-stop accounting and finance/investor-related topics, followed by a very relaxing weekend.

We had Managerial Accounting almost all day from 8:30 until almost 5pm. I hate that most of the materials we learned were a review of my accounting class back in freshmen year. I wish I had paid more attention back then because that would’ve been so helpful. All I remember from that class was playing bubble shooter on my laptop or sleeping IF I had didn’t skip class. Oh, the good ol’ freshmen year…

For our “finance” class, we had quite an interesting professor. He was apparently a big-time former banker who is now a CEO of a private equity firm and also the CEO of a private university in Spain. We all thought we would learn about corporate finance or finance for startups, but instead, he spent all this class time giving us real insights on how to make deals with investors of different countries.

In one of our activities, we had to get together in a group to come up with three of the most creative business ideas. Our group came up with two really great ones. The first is an alcohol patch. It’s supposed to be like a nicotine patch, but it tricks your hormones into thinking you’re drunk without all the side-effects of drinking like the excessive calories or hangover. The second idea was to create a high-end, but affordable, clothing for plus-sized women. Think about it, what store can you come up with that’s like a Zara for plus-sized? Not too many…

 

Happy Hour:

So Monday I discovered that the school has happy hour everyday… I thought it was like a once-a-month kind of thing, but apparently it’s just always there. That is SUCH a French thing to have: a bar inside the school building and happy hour. I can’t ever imagine that at UNC or any other American schools. It’s such a mind-bloer since I can’t imagine what school in the states would allow its students to drink on the school property.

I was also super stoked this week because it was the start of volleyball season! I made it to the advanced team, so that means that we get to compete with other schools. Yay!!! I was SO sore the next day only after having played two hours, but it was such a good feeling because I have been SO out of shape for the past couple of months.

Happy Hour at EMLYON!
Happy Hour at EMLYON!
Representing Team Canada!
Representing Team Canada!
School bar, people doing synchronized dancing... what's better than this on a Monday evening?!
School bar, people doing synchronized dancing… what’s better than this on a Monday evening?!

 

Craziest Shit Ever:

In other news, the craziest thing happened on Friday. Right after class, I was talking to a friend of mine from Sweden. She’s an EMLYON student, but in a different Master’s program. We were just casually talking about what our plans are for the coming winter break. I told her that I am going to Korea and that’s when we made a very surprising discovery. She and I were apparently in the EXACT SAME exchange program one year ago at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Her dormitory was exactly the one right next to mine. The crazier part was that we actually had at least ten mutual friends. It’s amazing that you can run into your “neighbor” on the opposite side of the world, without even knowing it. Seriously, SUCH a small world!!!

 

The Weekend:

Later in the evening, my classmate from Lyon/Geneva took a couple of us (two Chinese, Burmese and me) to go meet his grandma. It was such a nice treat! A real authentic French home and grandma, haha! Her house was literally in the square of Bellecour and was like a historical museum. It was so beautifully decorated with family photos and what seemed to me like historical artifacts, which they called “junk.”

France-Swiss trying to find his family line
France-Swiss trying to find his family line
They call this "junk"... I think it's pretty awesome
They call this “junk”… I think it’s pretty awesome

 

We went out for dinner later to meet up with his girlfriend. The food wasn’t the best, but we certainly had a great time. We also went out for some drinks in Vieux Lyon, but I had to call it a night. I was so exhausted from not having slept the night before. I left before midnight on a Friday, lame… On my way back home though, I ran into an American! I know that may not sound like the most interesting thing, but I have only ever met two other people from the States since I got to France. Apparently, I was the first North American he’s met in two months that he’s been here.

At an Italian restaurant in Bellecour. From left to right: Burma, China, France, Italy, Me, France, China.
At an Italian restaurant in Bellecour. From left to right: Burma, China, France, Italy, Me, France, China.
Lyonnaise-style Italian food
Lyonnaise-style Italian food
Lyonnaise-style Italian food
More food pics
Lyonnaise-style Italian food
Lyonnaise-style salad

 

On Saturday, I went out with Russia to go into the city to catch up on some work. We got a little bit distracted by all the festivities that were going on though. I did eventually get a lot of things done and was SO glad that I didn’t go to Munich this weekend. I was supposed to go to Oktoberfest, but I was literally burned out from all the travels so far.

...meanwhile, in the heart of Lyon!
…meanwhile, in the heart of Lyon!
Entertainment of the weekend in Lyon
Entertainment of the weekend in Lyon
One of the famous murals that are all over Lyon
One of the famous murals that are all over Lyon

 

Greece and I also did some exploring and found this amazing-view farm, maybe only 15 minutes from our school. We found this by total accident, but holy shit:

Exploring the remote farm
Exploring the remote farm
The remote farm Greece and I found by Ecully
The remote farm Greece and I found by Ecully

All in all, it was a fabulous week. I miss everyone back home so SO much. I wish you guys could come visit, but I know you’re all living your busy lives.

xoxo from Lyon,
Jinny~