Freshman Tries to Make Best out of Quarantine
A motivated freshman with entrepreneurial and artistic spirit, Dulamsuren Amarsanaa, or Duka, is an 18-year-old Mongolian who plans to major in Journalism and Mass Communication and Business Administration. Duka is stuck on AUBG’s campus due to the national lock-down. Is she really stuck, though?
With a smile and visibly motivated, Duka wants to make the best out of the situation, without dramatizing or overthinking, “Do what you are said, be safe, stay in Skapto.” Instead, she is already looking for an internship. Since Work and Travel is not going to happen this summer, Duka is looking for other alternatives. “I’ve been doing my online applications and I’ve already talked with Gobi Cashmere,” Duka said.
Gobi Cashmere is based in Ulaanbaatar, Duka’s hometown, and it is producing high quality cashmere clothes. There she is expecting to work and research on for-profit projects. The thing that makes her interested in the company is exactly the clothes, she often does her research on history of clothing and fashion. “I watch a lot of YouTube videos about fashion and do my research, I’m watching Loic Prigent,” Duka said.
Duka is also passionate about art, from taking photos to playing the piano. “I spent a lot of time with my grandparents as a child, they are both musicians.” As she is talking, she points to the wall behind her. There, you can see photographs and portraits she has taken.
She wants to become a fashion journalist and even produce her own magazine. Jokingly, she says that she wants to be remembered as the person who changed the world, but on a more serious note she wants to really bring any positive change. It’s important to say that cashmere sells a lot cheaper in Mongolia rather than Bulgaria. Informing the people through her magazine Duka hopes to help remove that problem.
As a part of Women in Leadership club on campus she is fascinated how in Bulgaria women are often taking executive positions. With even greater plans, that she will let the future unveil, Duka says she is going to achieve her goals as long as she satisfied and passioned about what she is doing. “Create your thing and become your boss.”
This is a part of a series of stories created for Professor Laura Kelly's Writing for Media class where students profiled their classmates who were quarantined on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic in Spring 2020.