Could you please introduce yourself ?
Hello my name is Adrien, I’m a first year student in the Bachelor of Science of École Polytechnique. I’m French but I’ve lived for two years in Dublin and I’ve passed the French Baccalaureate with the American international option. Since I’m a child, I've been passionate about programming and mathematics, which is why I wanted to pursue a degree in STEM. Other than that, I love playing sports, especially football. Since, I’m in the Bachelor of l’X I’ve also started going to the gym regularly, and I’ve developed a great interest in economy and finance.
Why did you choose the Bachelor of Science of Ecole Polytechnique ?
Being passionate about sciences and coming from an international background, the Bachelor of Science of Ecole Polytechnique was for me an ideal choice. The program being of an excellent level I also knew that it was going to allow me to master all the technical skills I need for my future career.
For me, the Bachelor of science allies the elegance of the educational system, with its complexity and efficiency.
Could you tell us how the first year is going ?
The two weeks of integration have allowed me to develop many friendships among the students of the program. It was also a great opportunity to get to explore the campus and its numerous facilities. I’m really enjoying my campus life at École Polytechnique and I feel totally integrated into the community. From an academic point of view, it’s quite intense. The workload is very important and we study a wide variety of subjects in the first semester.
Do you have a favorite course?
Yes, not surprisingly, I love computer science classes. They are very practical and are at the same time very interesting. In addition, the large range of courses offered by the program has allowed me to deepen my knowledge in many subjects such as mathematics, physics and economics, and at the same time to discover new courses and new languages.
What would be a great memory of your first year in the Program that you would like to share with future students?
The integration weeks are definitely one of my greatest memories. I couldn’t have imagined having a nicer start of my university life… Especially the trip to Vichy. Accompanied by the coaches and the integration team, we had many great experiences there. We played paintball, participated in a raft race, and did many other activities, football matches etc…
What are your ambitions for the future?
I wish to take the Mathematics and Computer Science majors for the second and third year of the program. After my Bachelor of Science, I would like to do a master in computer science or in finance in a foreign country such as Switzerland or the UK, to then maybe get an MBA in another prestigious university. Even if it is still vague for me, I trust that with time and experience, I’ll be able to find a way to impact the world around me.
Any piece of advice to future Bachelor students that you would like to share?
Try to reach a work-life balance as soon as possible. As you will see, you will have less and less free time the further you go into your studies. It is therefore important to develop good habits early. You will see that doing some sports, enjoying leisure activities, … will be important for a good mental health which will in the end make you more efficient and productive at work.