Camilla Brune : International Business Oslo, Norway : International Student Association, Tennis Club
Camilla Brune has been an avid skier since age two. The snow and outdoors has always been a part of her life. She grew up outside of Oslo, Norway, traveled Europe as a ski racer and is now an assistant coach to Westminster's Ski Team—which practices in Park City, Utah.
Prior to moving to Utah, Camilla was coaching a local ski team while attending a university in Norway. She had heard about Westminster from a friend, so when the opportunity to move to Utah and attend Westminster came about, she was excited.
Utah is perfect for Camilla because it allows her to maintain an active lifestyle. “I don’t think I can live far from the mountains,” she says. “I grew up there and it’s part of me.” The beauty and seclusion also provides a great mental break. “Many people think I’m weird because I go skiing alone, but it makes me stop thinking.”
Though Camilla no longer competes, she skies almost everyday—alone, with friends and during ski team practices. “It’s amazing here [Utah],” she says. Because Westminster, nestled in the Sugar House neighborhood, is located within an hour’s drive of nine world-class mountain resorts, Camilla can attend classes in the morning and hit the slopes in the afternoon.
Majoring in international business, Camilla hopes to work for the United Nations someday—possibly back in Norway. While she is fluent in her native tongue, Norwegian, she has also spoken English most of her life—starting at about age six. “Norwegian is a small language, so you have to speak English to get around,” she says. As a former ski competitor, English was necessary when traveling through Europe.
Camilla has enjoyed her courses at Westminster, especially the learning communities—a two-course program taken within a semester. The program, for first year students, encourages students to work and learn from each other, not just professors.
One of Camilla’s favorite courses, and part of the reason she’s pursuing a business degree, was Historical Traditions of Business and Entrepreneurship—taught by Shannon Bellamy. “It was so much fun,” she says. The course gave an overview of everything business-related—ethics, stocks, investments, movies, documentaries, etc. Camilla found the course helpful and recommends it as a required course.
While course topics are important, having a great professor also made the class more interesting. Camilla describes Bellamy as happy and engaging. The course isn’t intimidating, and he encourages students to speak up and ask questions.
Camilla isn’t sure what the future holds, but for now, she’s content. Westminster has been a great fit, “I like the small learning community.” Courses not only allow for interaction, but encourage it. Students get to know each other and the professors.
Home is nearly 7,000 miles away and “it takes two days travel time and is expensive.” While she’d like to be closer to family, they know she’s enjoying Westminster and the Utah outdoors. “They knew I wanted to go some place I could ski,” she says. “It’s perfect to be here.”