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.
Kristina Simonyan, Balazs Kelemen, Katherine Yakimetz, Xian Ken Chen, students from the MS in Finance program, represented CEU at the Rotman European Trading Competition, hosted by LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome, August 23-25.
The competition aims to give students the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to actual markets and allows teams from schools across Europe to participate in a simulated market.
When you are preparing for a big move, it is probably one of the most exciting moments in your life. But wait, you are coming for CEU as an incoming student and you have to be ready for one or two years’ stay. Living in a foreign country is not as easy as being a tourist. Thus, you should be more careful when packing your luggage. What should you pack before you come to Budapest? I know that your lifestyles and living habits must be different. For me, who have been here for nearly a year, I still regret that I forgot to bring some important things here when I was packing my bags.
Luckily in the heat wave, there are several places where CEU students can indulge in some gelato, and it only takes a less than 5-minute walk from CEU to get these sweet treats.
Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 4:16 PM. A notification alert followed by a slight vibration demanded my attention. I unlocked the screen of my mobile phone and saw the subject of the e-mail received: “Results of your CEU Alumni Scholarship application.” I knew that whatever it was stated in that e-mail could change the studying-abroad-journey which I was about the start.
Congratulations! We are very pleased to inform you that you have been selected as the Serbian Alumni Scholarship recipient for the 2017-18 academic year…”
The Alumni Reunion Weekend was organized at CEU on May 3-5. It gathered Alumni Chapter Leaders from all over the world to discuss alumni volunteering activities. For many of the alumni it was also a chance to get together with their friends from different parts of the world, united by their alma mater. There was an enthusiastic and energetic feeling throughout the event.
The idea of making a podcast was born upon my arrival to the CEU Residence Center. Never in my life had I access to such a variety of nationalities, backgrounds and opinions! So many times I wished I would have recorded the discussions we’d had. This is why I was so happy to launch a podcast of interviews within the Alumni Scholarship program, where CEU students can get support to make their own projects.