Full Scholar Teodor Dimitrov: American Education Close to Home Is a Winning Combination
The American University in Bulgaria rewards excellence in all its forms. Many merit scholarships await applicants to the University who have linguistic and scientific achievements, artistic talents, sports awards, and a willingness to contribute to society, or whose overall activities demonstrate a commitment to the values of liberal arts education.
Teodor Dimitrov, a first-year student from Bulgaria, is one of those accomplished individuals. What makes him stand out are his vibrant personality, intellectual curiosity, and versatile interests. Teodor is a gifted sportsman who also has a talent for writing and an ambition to publish his first book before graduating from college. And if thats not enough, he has also distinguished himself at public speaking competitions and is already involved with a number of student organizations and projects. His outstanding results on the SAT entrance exam marked him out as one of the exceptional candidates this year. For his accomplishments, he was awarded a full four-year merit scholarship for study at the University.
Despite other great offers from European and U.S. institutions, the acceptance letter from AUBG thrilled him the most. The opportunity to experience different cultures and acquire an American education in his hometown was irresistible.
I chose to study at AUBG because it offers a different education than what is available in Bulgaria and will give me the opportunity to meet students from many different countries, Teodor says. AUBGs impact on his education is already significant, as Teodor took intensive English classes at the Universitys English Language Institute. Moreover, AUBGs rigorous programs and interdisciplinary approach to education will enable him to get solid training in all areas dear to his heart. He plans to major in Business Administration and minor in Literature and Political Science.
Teodor attends team practice four times a week
An individual sure of his strengths, Teodor has no problem talking about his weaknesses. By his own admission, chemistry and math are subjects he could definitely use some tutoring in while his singing is an embarrassment. His self-deprecating humor and bright smile win strangers over at hello; his attitude has already singled him out as a valuable team member in student clubs. Teodor serves in the Student Ambassadors Club, writes for I-view magazine, and pitches for the Buffaloes baseball team. The Debate Club recently offered him membership but he is hardly new to the group: He participated in the AUBG-organized Open Debate Tournament for high school students in April 2010, earning third place.
Whats his recipe for success? If you do what you love, you will always get where you want to be a personal philosophy that has served Teodor well.
Photos by Ioana Mura