Who are you and in which double major are you?
I am a French student, born near Paris. Between 9 and 11 years old I had the opportunity to move to Shanghai, China. I spent one year in a French School and then one year in an International School.
his allowed me, when moving back to France, to join an international middle/high-school in Lyon. I then stayed there until the Baccalaureate and I passed the International Option of the Bac (American option). After a long hesitation with economics, I chose the maths-physics double major.
Why would you recommend the Bachelor Program?
The main reason why I would recommend the Bachelor Program is the people you will meet in your class. The classes are large enough to have a diverse student body, but small enough so that you will feel like you are in a true family. This family spirit ranges from the amazing friends you will make, to the availability of the professors and the administration. A great thing in the Bachelor Program is the opportunities you will have as a student, especially in the third year with the Exchange Semester and the Bachelor Thesis. I had the opportunity to spend 7 months in Lausanne at EPFL for the fall semester and my thesis at LHCb and it was a perfect complement to the first two years at l’X. Something I particularly appreciated was also the diversity of the courses taught in the program, especially in year 1. Before coming I did not know whether I wanted to study Physics or Economics and year 1 was really helpful to choose between the two. Studying Computer Science during the curriculum was also very helpful, as it really proves useful regardless of the topic you study. This is something that is truly unique to the Bachelor and it is a fantastic asset to have such a diverse formation of excellence.
What would be a great memory of your time in the Program that you would like to share with future students?
There are two great memories I would like to share with future students. The first one was a trip to Mont-Louis in the Pyrenees that we got to do during the transition week of the first year. After a month of hard work for exams, it was the perfect opportunity to enjoy time with the promotion and strengthen the bond we had. Another great memory is the running training sessions we did both during the sports class and at extra time slots in the week.
As a member of the running team of the Bachelor, it was fantastic to train with friends willing to surpass themselves for one another. Our coach really managed to create a healthy and stimulating training atmosphere. Moreover, we had the chance to participate in races all together to put this training to effect
What would be a piece of advice that you would like to share with future students?
The best piece of advice I could give is to remember to enjoy your student life. Although the Bachelor Program is demanding, there are plenty of opportunities on and around campus to take a break. Taking those moments to breathe is essential as the program is intense over a long period of time: it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.
Where have you been admitted so far and what do you intend to do after the Program? Any other general comment on the outcomes of the Bachelor Program at this stage?
For my master program I want to study Energy Science to help in the fight against climate change. I was admitted to Cambridge University, Imperial College and ETH Zurich. I have yet to decide where I will study, but all three are amazing opportunities!