Employee Spotlight: Aleksandra Yanakieva Joins the Admissions Team

1.    What is your role at AUBG?

I am an admissions counselor and recruitment coordinator at the Admissions Office and I’m responsible for the following regions: Northwest Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. As a counselor, my role is to advise and inform prospective students on their inquiries about  AUBG and welcome them into our amazing community.

2.     Tell us a little about your background?

Before I joined the Admissions team, I was working for two years as a manager in a flower delivery website. I had been involved in the project from the very beginning, shortly after the idea was born, and got to participate in every step of its development. Prior to that, I was an administrator in a WAT company, working with many students and arranging their exciting journeys to the US in the summer.

3.     What is the most important project you have worked on recently?

The most important project for me is happening at the moment – I’m preparing and arranging my first recruitment trip to Kazakhstan and I feel truly overwhelmed about my upcoming meetings with prospective students from the region, as well as traveling to this fabulous country. Facing new cultures is always an adventure on its own, and when interactions with intelligent young people are an inseparable part of the trip, the anticipation is rising even more.

4.     What do you like most about AUBG?

I really like the feeling of freedom, the positive vibes I’m getting from the random people I see on campus and the perception of community with its own life – it is in the middle of Blagoevgrad, but it actually takes you to a place far away, and opens a different time frame, which makes you optimistic about the future.

5.     How does a normal day look like at your workplace?

A day at the office is a day I’m looking forward to, as I’m learning so many new things all the time. It is jumping from telephone calls and emails to coming up with new ideas and creating new projects. It is a day spent among inspiring people, sharing a lot of laughs, and being involved in students’ life. It is an encouraging environment, and so many other extraordinary things.

6.     What is most rewarding about your job; what makes it all worthwhile?

Apart from  being a part of an amazing team, what it all comes to is putting in all your efforts to help reveal what studying at  AUBG could mean to every kid. I imagine that being a part of the students’ first steps in what will be a life-shaping experience is the most rewarding part of the job.

7.     What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

I love being out in open spaces – walking, running, hiking in the mountains, taking my dog out for a long walk. I love yoga, photography, live music, appreciating a good movie with friends, sharing silly thoughts over a bottle of wine… all the simple pleasures in life .

8.     What's something about you few people know?

If I share it, that wouldn’t be the case anymore, would it? 

9.     Where is the best place you’ve travelled to and why?

I visited Tuscany, Italy a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it. The scenic views, the excellent food, the house wine, offered at restaurants, the tiny roads and numerous medieval wall villages were so wonderful that I did not want to leave. I stayed with locals, enjoyed the talks and appreciated the hints they were giving me on discovering Tuscany the right way.

10.   If you could choose another profession, what would it be?

Sometimes when I watch a movie I find myself thinking about the cinematographer's approach and style and I really admire the way their work impacts the whole perception of a movie. If I could choose a totally different life, my profession would be cinematographer.

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