MEET OUR INTERNATIONAL TEAM – KATHERINA

1. What is your home country? Are you currently living there or did you relocate?

I was born in beautiful Bulgaria and still live here. 

2. Did you study in your country or did you choose another one? 

It was a challenging decision, but in the end, I decided to stay in Bulgaria and study here.

3. What were your priorities when choosing the university?

There weren’t many options for what I wanted to study, and I purposefully chose the best academy for theater and film arts in Bulgaria.

4. If you could go back in time, would you have preferred other studies? Which?

Perhaps yes. At that moment I didn’t realize how hard it would be to succeed in what I was aiming for. Being an actor is extremely tough, exhausting, and unappreciated in our country. I truly admire people who are still trying and fighting in the name of art. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a veterinarian, helping animals day and night. I still love them, though.

And now… Let’s get to know you a bit better!

What is your favorite book?

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.

Who inspires you?

I find inspiration in the night sky, in nature, in quietness, in music… Essentially, I genuinely admire confident, brave people who know exactly what they want and why they do something, that they are standing in the right place and when observing them, you cannot believe they could be something else. My professors from the academy, for example. Marina Abramović, I was crying like a little child when first encountered her. 

What are your hobbies?

I love dancing, riding horses, traveling, skiing… 

What is the most exciting place you have visited?

Doubtless, this was Koh Rong Island in Cambodia. An island that has gathered people from omnifarious nationalities, living all together. Alongside stunning nature and views, it was like a dream. 

BENEFITS OF TAKING A GAP YEAR

Taking a gap year has many benefits for students, from a mental health point of view to a more practical one. This experience not only serves to give the student a break but also allows them to see the world from another perspective and gain a series of skills that will definitely make a difference when applying to university.