What is your home country? Are you currently living there or did you relocate?
I am originally from the Black Sea area of Bulgaria and have been living in Sofia since 2013.
Did you study in your country or did you choose another one?
While I was a child, I dreamed of being a scriptwriter or a film director. However, I ended up studying Engineering in Burgas, because I developed an interest in chemistry and technology. While I was a student, I was involved in events, cultural projects, and finally, I decided to stop this endeavor. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Bulgarian Philology and then studied for a Master’s degree in Literature and Cinema, pursuing my childhood dream of being a scriptwriter. I am happy that I chose to stay and study in Bulgaria, even though I had the opportunity to study in Germany.
What were your priorities when choosing a university?
Honestly, there were no criteria for choosing a university. At first, I wanted to be close to home. It was a bad idea. I needed an adventure and a change of scenery. After that, I decided to start over at the oldest university in Bulgaria – Sofia University.
If you could go back in time, would you have preferred other studies? Which?
No, because I think my major has greatly influenced my thinking as well as helping me with the projects I take on. Literature, language development, film aesthetics, cultural management, etc. My major is very complex. I felt good there because I took what I can use practically, even though there is an awful lot of theory.
How helpful has your experience been when finding a job?
I was a member of the Student Council of my university and often had to discuss topics related to the career and creative development of students. I don’t think you should rely solely on what you learn at university. I have also shared this with the students whom I have helped to find a job. I can’t say that my major is the only factor. It is a factor, but it is not the only one.
What advice would you give to future international students?
The foreign students who were satisfied with their stay in Bulgaria were those who were proactive and did not miss opportunities. They participated in discussions, webinars, contests, etc. They helped with various scientific and cultural projects in the university, even for parties and sport activities. So, be proactive and don’t miss opportunities!
What is your favorite book?
As a philologist and former librarian, it’s difficult to choose a favorite book. I like to read fiction, and this year I am rediscovering Japanese literature.
What is your favorite music genre?
Every genre has its charm. I’ve always listened to hip hop and rap. I’ve been into synthwave lately.
Who inspires you?
The excellence of people’s mindsets and creations inspire me.
What are your hobbies?
I’m quite interested in technology and pop culture. I play video games. I love to cook, especially Italian cuisine.
What is the most exciting place you have visited?
Milan! Because I am a huge fan of the football team AC Milan and it was pretty exciting to visit many, many times.