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AUBG Welcomes Students and Alumni for Open House Day

February 13, 2018

More than 200 students and parents came to the AUBG Open House day organized by the Admissions Office this Saturday, Feb. 10. The enthusiastic prospective students roamed freely around campus catching an authentic glimpse of the AUBG community spirit and campus life. The admissions team had prepared an interesting program for the guests, aiming to familiarize them with the liberal arts system, answer any questions they might have and help them make the best choice for their undergraduate destination.

Students and parents gathered in the Dr. Carl Djerassi Theater Hall at 10 a.m. for a short presentation. The event opened with a captivating performance by the female folklore ensemble Svetlina and a greeting speech by AUBG President Dr. Steve Sullivan. He talked about the significance of liberal arts education and how it nurtures independence and creativity in all students.

“The American liberal arts system was designed to say ’Let’s turn people loose and see what happens.’ There is always room in the world for people who can do something new and can do something creative and do something that they love. Because if they do something that they love doing, then they are good at it. And that’s what we are trying to do,” he said.

Special guests of the Open House were two very upbeat and accomplished alumni – Ivan Ivanov (’07) and Yavor Atanasov (‘08). They talked about what it means to be a part of AUBG and how the experience and friendships you make stay with you long after you graduate. Ivanov, originally from Serbia, currently works in Sofia for Discovery as a marketing manager for Central and East Europe. He urged future students to take advantage of all opportunities that AUBG gives for club participation, work and travel and other diverse programs.

Yavor Atanasov, currently working in London as a principal software engineer at BBC, said that one of the best things about AUBG for him were the student organized clubs and initiatives. He reminisced about his own involvement as a producer for Radio AURA and the music band that he, Ivan Ivanov and another well-known AUBG alumnus, Shpat Deda, were part of. After the presentation, Atanasov moved to Aspire where he talked about his work at BBC and his incredible cycling journey from London to Barcelona in support of Teach for Bulgaria.

The prospective students shared their enthusiasm to become part of AUBG’s community and expressed interest in the different clubs on campus. Leo, 17, from Sofia added, “I really liked the relationship between the two alumni. It showed that even though they haven’t seen each other for a long time, the AUBG experience actually bonded them really well.”

After the presentation the students enjoyed a short lunch break and attended the open lectures with professors from the university. In the early afternoon, they got the opportunity to be part of three club workshops hosted by TEDxAUBG, The Hub and StartUp Blagoevgrad.

Story by Desislava Stoeva

Photos by Natalia Shirshova

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