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Orientation Week Introduces AUBG to New Students

August 31, 2018

Summer has come and passed, as that song goes, and the start of the new academic year rapidly approaches. But before sophomores, juniors and seniors return to Blagoevgrad from all corners of the world, 291 new students arrived at the Skaptopara campus to learn the ropes of AUBG.

The freshman class this year is bigger and more diverse – first-year students are 252, a 30 percent increase compared to Fall 2017, and they come from 29 countries. Another 39 students will study at AUBG for a year or a semester through the Erasmus+ and ISEP exchange programs.

AUBG President Steve Sullivan kicked off the week with a reception for students and their families where he offered some advice to the freshman class. "Here and now is you chance to explore every single one of your abilities and capacities, it would be a shame to allow a talent or an interest that you have disappear because you never tried it out," he said.

Throughout Orientation Week students learn how to best use the university computer system and library, and do a career test to help them decide what majors to pursue in the four years to come. In the evenings they enjoy social activities like the traditional blanket party and karaoke night, and the first for the year AUBG’s Got Talent. A trip to the Rila Monastery will introduce many to the rich history and beautiful nature of Bulgaria.

Orientation will conclude on the evening of Sept. 4 with the annual all campus picnic that will bring together the entire community to celebrate the start of the new semester.

Story by Martin Georgiev

Pictures by Anastasia Garyainova and Martin Georgiev

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