What are the consequences of wearing polyester clothes? Which diet results in the lowest rate of greenhouse gas emissions? What are the most environmentally-friendly modes of transportation in a city? These and many other questions were raised and answered during the Environment Week organized by students at CEU on March 18-22.
Finding your thesis topic is not an easy task. We are supposed to find something interesting, innovative and relevant within our disciplinary fields. The anxiety increases every day as the deadline for submitting our thesis topic and possible supervisor is closer. This is perhaps harder than writing the thesis itself. Here are a few tips that can help you find something that is interesting, feasible and perhaps original.
1. Identify something you are interested in or passionate about
Nowadays, it is very easy to move around the world and study at different universities. It is not only a great way to spend time but it is also important as there are many differences between educational systems. Only through experience in studying abroad can you get comprehensive and balanced knowledge and skills. In my opinion, it is especially crucial to talk about social science, which can be influenced by national propaganda and biases.
“I had met everyone else during the orientation session except Courtney, who, by the way, is a fellow American!,” exclaimed Talia as she sat at the corner of the downstairs café with a genuine wide smile on her face. This idea of having another American in the Department of International Relations was daunting at first, but Talia and Courtney clicked almost right away.
The fifth month of the academic year is passing by. The holidays were over quickly, and we are already busy with new readings, while discussing new concepts and theories. Before the period of mid-term exams and papers sets in, I decided to ask my fellow students to share their impressions of the fall term at CEU.
I cried two times during the admission process for CEU. The first time when I was admitted —I cried out simultaneously of joy and disbelief that I made it. The second time I cried when I was notified about my financial aid package from the university. But this time they were not the tears of happiness. I cried out of despair. Despite the financial aid package being very generous (and I was extremely thankful for that), it was not enough for me to come to CEU. Unluckily, I did not have any extra savings and I couldn’t rely on my parents’ help much.
The application process is now open and you can apply to CEU for academic year 2019-2020. I remember how excited and even confused I was during my application. Lots of questions emerged in my mind, such as how to elaborate my ideas within the given word limit, how to ask a recommender, and how to improve my statement of purpose, and so forth.
Thanksgiving in the US is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, therefore this year it was on 22nd of the month and I had the opportunity to celebrate it here in Budapest. The history of Thanksgiving is rather debatable, so I will focus on the aspect of having a delicious dinner with my friends.
To be honest, I knew almost nothing about Hungary before I came to CEU. I was planning to spend my free time on traveling in those famous cities of Europe like Vienna, Rome, Paris, etc. Because of our limited conception of Hungary in China, some of my Chinese friends even asked me whether I would visit “the Grand Budapest Hotel”, which comes from a popular film but is actually located in Germany.