A Year in Retrospect by Cindy Osei Agyemang

July 24, 2020

by Cindy Osei Agyemang, MA student in the School of Public Policy

When I received my admission offer to study at CEU I was very excited, since it was my first time traveling abroad as a result of the scholarship for my master's program. I could not have imagined that this would be as memorable of an experience as it has become owing to the pandemic-related challenges and constraints.  

2019/2020 an Academic Year of History! 

A Supportive Professor 

When I submitted my thesis proposal and was assigned Dr. Kirsten Roberts Lyer, I did not know at the onset how great she was till I started working with her on my thesis chapters. Her detailed feedback and professional guidance were invaluable to me. The time that she dedicated to my research and development will never be forgotten. Her encouragement led me to heights I’d never thought I could attain, and for that I am forever grateful. I previously had no intention of embarking on a PhD, but her critical input as I wrote my thesis has got me thinking of doing my PhD next year.  

Alternating Between the Budapest and Vienna Campuses 

I was glad to be among the students who studied in both Vienna and Budapest. I especially enjoyed the Vienna campus since the environment was very accommodating and comfortable. I had a lot of fun and learnt a lot of new things alternating between these campuses. 

Packing in for just three hours and moving back to Budapest from Vienna was a sad experience that I will never forget, and all because of COVID-19!  

Transferring to Online Study 

Transferring to online studies was not the best experience because I had poor internet connectivity during lectures, which affected most of the courses I took in both my spring and winter semesters. Irrespective of these challenges, CEU did marvelously well by providing students with all the relevant information, resources and support that helped me cope with these challenges, since it was my first experience learning online. After three months of studying online, I came to enjoy it since it was flexible and comfortable, such as waking up in the morning, drinking a coffee and listening to your professors.