At the end of summer 2012, an accomplished first year of law degree at “La Faculté Jean Monnet” had helped me forget the disappointment caused a few months earlier by my failure at the Science Po interview. Then, I remembered what my friend told me over a cup of coffee. The University offers highly regarded programs to its most promising students and grants freshmen the opportunity to jump on the bandwagon.
One must admit that communication has never been the asset of the faculty, even more so at Sceaux than at the other Paris rockers. So, unless you are extremely anxious, an enthusiastic reader, or a constantly eager-to-learn individual, it is difficult to be interested in all of the information sections provided by the faculty’s lousy former website (hopefully, things have changed! – a little bit).
Very quickly convinced that I wanted to follow the business law path and to join a prestigious college program as the ones in business schools or private preparatory schools, I jumped at this opportunity and I took my chance. I compiled files of my high school and first-year bachelor’s degree in law results (which must certify a good level of English), and my motivation letter in a flash drive. I also slyly added my admission letter to post baccalaureate merit scholarship from AEFE (Agence de l’Enseignement français à l’étranger). You have to go with anything that can help you. Finally, I laid it all on tiptoe, to the B13 office’s student advisor.
A few hours later (yes, the GED was still in its early hours and could not repel the advances of a potential brave GED soldier, you unfortunate 2015 new 1st years!), A phone call informed me that Professor Magnier, Head of the GED Program and former Vice-Dean of the Faculty, wanted to meet me for an interview. To hear about my project. To get a quick glance at the person I was. In short, she had to decide whether or not I had the profile to join this elite and still secret squad.
The interview went well (take this, Sciences Po!) and I was officially joining team red and white at the reunification. They just didn’t know it yet.