New Recruits Arrive for Spring 2015January 16, 2015
Seventy-three new students entered AUBG’s gates this January for the start of the Spring semester. Thirty-eight of them will begin their education journey at AUBG as full-time degree seeking freshmen, the majority coming from traditionally well represented locations such as Albania, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Russia, accompanied by recruits from places like Canada, the US, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Turkey, to bring the total number of countries to fourteen.
The exchange students’ line-up is not less diverse, consisting of youngsters from eleven countries, among them France, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Spain and the Netherlands, complemented by a notable presence of thirteen visiting students from U.S. universities.
As usual, the newcomers came to campus for orientation a week earlier than everyone else .
“I was searching for a good English language university abroad, and when I called AUBG Admissions office, they connected me with current students who told me only positive things about the education at AUBG,” said Elizaveta Puseva from Russia. “I was very much attracted by the liberal arts education system - I will study lots of different subjects from different fields, and eventually find what I am best at. In Russia we have a different system. What I also like about the university is that I will get two diplomas – American and European,” added Puseva.
“One of my friends who attended a preparation course at the English Language Institute, highly recommended the university,” explained her decision to enrol Nadya Ivanova from Bulgaria. “I think that I will get a great academic background here to prepare me for my future career. I am currently interested in Economics, Business and European Studies, and I will explore all three until I find where my passion truly lies,” pointed out Ivanova.
Ivanova had already made a friend from the group of new recruits – Valerija Koneska from Macedonia. Koneska also had some words of excitement to share: “I came to AUBG for a test preparation course at the English Language Institute and I fell in love with the place. I liked the quality of faculty, the educational system that allows you to find yourself first, and the many extracurricular clubs and activities,” noted Koneska.
One of the exchange students, MiKayla Rivers from Georgia, USA, shared her reasons to pick AUBG from the list of exchange destinations. “I saw on the website that there were around 40 nationalities represented on campus and I thought that was really interesting. It would be cool to meet new people and I expect to make lots of different new friends and do some traveling while I’m here. Yesterday I climbed up the nearby mountains with a couple of friends from Latvia and it was really awesome,” said Rivers.
During the orientation week, the students went through diversity training, academic advising, "Pizza and Karaoke" night, and various other activities that will help them settle quickly at AUBG.
Story and photos by Toma Tetimov