Diana Materova ('24): 'AUBG gives many opportunities to the students for their future development'
First-year AUBG student Diana Materova has participated in a number of competitions . She describes herself as "a person of extremes," and combines her interest in disciplines Literature, Geography, History and Math. Diana has a desire to major in Political Science & International Relations and Business Administration, or JMC. Her experience being part of AUBG Multitalent Quest and "Az-moga" has helped her boost her confidence and perceive the "great team spirit not only between you and your team members but between all participants." Read our interview with Diana Materova to learn more interesting facts about her personality, achievements and ambitions.
How can you describe your personality in one sentence?
I am person of extremes.
Why did you decide to continue your education at AUBG?
AUBG gives many opportunities to the students for their future development – personal and professional. Moreover, there are many ambitious and intelligent people here that inspire me to work harder.
What do you intend to study at our university and why?
I am not sure. I am torn between Political science and Business, or even JMC, but this is one of the best things here – you can explore different majors and see which one fits you the best.
How do you combine English, Literature, Geography, History and Math? What sparked your interest in these subjects?
Well, English is needed nowadays. Geography and History have always been very interesting for me and as you can see what I plan to major in is somehow related to them. Literature develops your creativity because you have to interpret different works of art in their historical context, while Math develops your analytical thinking. The combination of them all is great because you can obtain a better understanding of the world.
What is your experience as part of the AUBG MultiTalent Quest?
I just want to congratulate the whole team on the great organization of the Quest. Every year many talented students from the Balkans come here to test their knowledge and skills in different disciplines, debates and the solving of social problems. This way you can see which are your strong and weak 'points'. You are forced to do a lot of work for a very short amount of time, which shows you how good a multi-tasker you are. In fact, all this builds a great team spirit not only between you and your team members but among all participants.
In what ways has the National competition for languages, speech and communicative skills, organized by “Az-moga” in partnership with AUBG has helped you develop?
It really helped me understand what my language level is as I was preparing for my certificate exam and it really boosted my confidence that I could pass it. The organization of the event was excellent.
Please tell us more about your volunteer experience: with Erasmus projects; charity organizations and events; the European day of languages; the environmental club ‘Young nature lovers’ and the Bulgarian folk dances group ‘Berkovska kitka’?
Well, each and every one of these projects and clubs has a very special place in my heart. I will advise everybody to try as many different things as possible because no one ever know what may intrigue them and at they can be good. Having a wide range of interests is always a good idea because it develops you as a person and gives you a wider point of view for many things.
What has been your experience as part of the AUBG community so far?
The community at AUBG is very diverse. There are people from many different countries with very different cultures but we all somehow always find things in common.
What do you like doing in your free time?
I don’t have a lot of free time now, so every spare minute goes for sleep.
What are you looking forward to?
Everything, whatever is going to come, is welcome. Everything happens for a reason and it should happen to us so as to make us stronger and better.