Archive for March/2012

29
Mar

Interview with Monika Filipovska (Slovenia), member of JAB

Written on March 29, 2012 by Roberto Arribas in General

From March 27th to March 30th 2012, IE University’s Junior Advisory Board will hold its fourth annual meeting. Founded in 2009, organized and promoted by IE School of Arts and Humanities, Junior Advisory Board is a highly selective group of pre-university students, aged from 16 to 18, who advise IE University about the future of university education.

Interview with Monika Filipovska (Slovenia), member of JAB 

How did you hear about JAB and what motivated you to take part in it? 

I first heard about IE University’s junior Advisory Board on a presentation we had at school about IE University and from our school’s International Baccalaureate Coordinator.  I was impressed of this idea because it really shows that the University actually aims to understand and appreciate the opinions of those who are to build the university as such – the future part. And I, as a person striving to become a knowledgeable, experienced and educated life-long learner, I understand that the university is there to build us as persons as much as we are there to build the university into a real educational institution. I know that I want to study at a university that will give me a chance to grow and that will give me the knowledge I want in a way that is most appropriate for me. 

What is the greatest challenge you are looking forward to on your future university?

In my opinion, my future university should be the institution to grow me into a thinker, knower and creator on a global level. So, I’m looking forward to exaggerating my own limits and explore my talents, help my shape my professional profile, my role in the world, afterwards. And the most challenging part, after all, is the fact that my future university is supposed to give me the world on a glance, to make me explore it and understand it and then be prepared to live and work in it. 

Which aspects of your chosen university career interest you most and why?

 I can say that my academic interests are really broad. Firstly, I think that economics plays a quite important role in this world of developments, and every person, no matter what they study, should be familiar to the basics of economics, because we all have to then, later on, find our places in the economy of the 21st century. But, one also has to consider that this has to be a lot more shaped around critical thinking development of the person’s creativity. And of course, my studies after all have to be globally-leveled, because being acquainted with the world’s functioning as a whole is crucial. 

What particular qualities do you believe a future leader should have?

 We know that a leader is someone who has the ability to give ideas, listen to people’s opinions and lead them as a group towards a marked goal. But what is also very important is that a leader needs to have the ability to confront complex problems, ask the right questions and create solutions. And the ability to create is the most empowering thing that can happen to an individual.
Thus, when we talk of leaders, we talk of all these educated people who are about to create the world. 

What do you find most valuable when choosing your university?

I’m expecting from a university to offer me education. And this process of educating is not just learning and gaining knowledge, understanding what we learn, taking new perspectives towards the world and life. Education is much more than this. These things that are taught at schools and colleges are just means of education, just the things that have to contribute to our education, to help us gain education. Education, actually, is a long process of self-building, where by means of gaining knowledge, learning and understanding, one is shaping their perspectives towards the world, establishing themselves as a part of the moving and developing environment they live in, a way of individual development. That’s what I value when choosing a university. I want it to educate me.

29
Mar

Interview with Monica Brova (Romania), member of JAB

Written on March 29, 2012 by Roberto Arribas in General

From March 27th to March 30th 2012, IE University’s Junior Advisory Board will hold its fourth annual meeting. Founded in 2009, organized and promoted by IE School of Arts and Humanities, Junior Advisory Board is a highly selective group of pre-university students, aged from 16 to 18, who advise IE University about the future of university education.

Interview with Monica Brova (Romania), member of JAB

How did you hear about JAB and what motivated you to take part in it?

I first heard about JAB from my school’s college advisors, who encouraged me to apply and supported my application. After they told me a little about JAB and I read more on the IE website, I was captivated by the innovative idea of a university allowing high school students to voice their ideas and expectations of higher education. Realizing what an unparalleled opportunity this would be to learn about university life and education, I was motivated to apply. 

What is the greatest challenge you are looking forward to on your future university?

I am most looking forward to coming to know myself better and growing as a person as a result of the responsibility I will take on in university, particularly that of living and studying independently in a new and unfamiliar setting and taking charge of my own learning and career path. 

Which aspects of your chosen university career interest you most and why?

I am most interested in developing my interests and passions in humanities subjects as well as psychology and biology. I think this path will answer a lot of my questions and topics I am curious about, and help me better understand the world and current events. Furthermore, I am enthusiastic about learning from and working with individuals with many backgrounds and interests at university.                       

What particular qualities do you believe a future leader should have?

I believe that a leader should be first and foremost a good communicator, a prolific speaker and listener with an open mind. Having a vision of what needs to be achieved and how to go about it is vital, but a true leader must be able to communicate these ideas as well as address and incorporate the ideas and opinions of others. 

What do you find most valuable when choosing your university?

I find the flexibility of the majors and courses offered at university a very important factor, particularly the ability to integrate both humanities and science courses within a major at undergraduate level. I am passionate about many topics under both the humanities and sciences, and I hope for a university education that encourages interdisciplinary learning.

29
Mar

Interview with María Isabella Olmos (Colombia), member of JAB

Written on March 29, 2012 by Roberto Arribas in General

From March 27th to March 30th 2012, IE University’s Junior Advisory Board will hold its fourth annual meeting. Founded in 2009, organized and promoted by IE School of Arts and Humanities, Junior Advisory Board is a highly selective group of pre-university students, aged from 16 to 18, who advise IE University about the future of university education.

Interview with María Isabella Olmos (Colombia), member of JAB 

How did you hear about JAB and what motivated you to take part in it?

My high school counselor introduced me to the JAB program. I was motivated to take part in JAB because of the excellent opportunities it offers. These experiences will prepare me for future leaderships and will also give the opportunity to meet other people and create networks, enabling me to become a more efficient leader and well-rounded person. 

What is the greatest challenge you are looking forward to on your
future university?
 

The greatest challenge that I’m looking forward to is being able to study in a second or third language. I look forward to this challenge because it will be difficult to grasp grammar concepts and comprehend on an academic level. However, I feel that I am more than capable of accepting the challenge and excelling in my studies.

Which aspects of your chosen university career interest you most and why? 

Learning about how other people interact and make decision has sparked my interest in my undergraduate major, Economics – is a great lens in which to view the world. You can apply economics to every decision you take, since economics is the study of how decisions are made. I am really passionate about studying economics because I can apply my math skills in to the real world problems. The global economy seems to be more important now than ever and crucial when it comes to the unification of communities throughout the world. Understanding different cultures and opinions is essential in forging a successful career and obtaining personal satisfaction, helping me to construct my own criteria and relate better to other people

What particular qualities do you believe a future leader should have?

A leader should be able to serve the community by motivating, guiding, helping and communicating with the members within the society with fervor and enthusiasm. Trustworthiness, passion, confidence, charisma and dedication are also important qualities in a leadership position, which would also help a leader, guide the members within his/her society. 

What do you find most valuable when choosing your university?

When choosing a university it is most valuable to look at the quality of the faculty. The professors at the university are the source of knowledge. They will provide guidance and advisement for my future career endeavors. Great professors demand their students to go above and beyond, pushing them to produce their best work and mentoring them at the same time.

28
Mar

Interview with Clara Butow (Germany), member of JAB

Written on March 28, 2012 by Roberto Arribas in General

From March 27th to March 30th 2012, IE University’s Junior Advisory Board will hold its fourth annual meeting. Founded in 2009, organized and promoted by IE School of Arts and Humanities, Junior Advisory Board is a highly selective group of pre-university students, aged from 16 to 18, who advise IE University about the future of university education.

Interview with Clara Butow (Germany), member of JAB

How did you hear about JAB and what motivated you to take part in it?

 I first heard of  IE university on Munich university fairs, and after some conversations with the university representatives I started to research more and found the link to the JAB on the university‘s homepage. I read the description and immediately thought: „This is exactly what I want to do!“ What I most liked about the idea of being part of the Junior Advisory Board – apart from staying at IE campus and having the best opportunity to get to know the university as high school student – was that I could talk about my own thoughts and point out important issues for the future of education, both to a rather great audience! It is an honour for me to be selected as one of the members. 

What is the greatest challenge you are looking forward to on your future university?

I am excited for the whole experience of being a university student. I can‘t wait to meet new people, form a team and learn from each other. I want to study a lot, get good grades and do my best in exams, but I actually think that developing as a person might be the most important challenge while staying at university. Each graduate has to have this critical point of view, replenished by cultural understanding and innovative spirit. I can‘t wait to participate in hands-on projects, do internships and face up to tricky tasks. Even failing can keep you moving and sometimes makes you understand better than when everything works out after trying once. I can only imagine that university won‘t always be easy and there will be many situations where I‘ll have to go to my limit; nevertheless, I am really looking forward to do so and grow for myself during that period of life!

Which aspects of your chosen university career interest you most and why?

I want to experience the internationality of our world and find out more about different cultures, religions and social backgrounds. I would also love to comprehend the values there are in our society these days and the complexity of its permanent change. Especially the relation between politics and economy interests me; the recent financial crisis has shown how much our future depends on an adequate interaction of both. I would be proud to be a part of that developing process and contribute to change. During my university time, I want to learn about ways to make my ideas come reality: How can I start my own business, what options do I have to fulfil my goals and which principles apply operating in an international context?  

What particular qualities do you believe a future leader should have?

Being a class representative, I often felt how easily some small failures can make a group want to give up and of what importance it is to keep each member motivated until the end. I needed to find a way to inspire the team by my ideas and organise the process of solving our issues. Another thing I learned was how to put my personal interests second and actually represent my classmates‘ opinion. A good leader has to be there for his team and at the same time coordinate all tasks he needs to approach set targets. Therefore he must be open-minded and ready to go new ways. Every entrepreneur will need the right mix of courage, endurance, creativity and respect. In our days you must not only think of how to maximise profit for yourself – minimising potential damage to others, most often the less privileged, is also a question of immense importance! I wish for the leaders of our society to show moral responsibility and not only act for selfish interests. I‘m sure that on that base, many great global solutions can be developed.

What do you find most valuable when choosing your university?

Staying in my city after graduating from high school, I could receive a decent college education. But I want to be challenged, going to university in the city I was born would sort of feel like going the easy way.

I don‘t believe in the standard system of listening to huge lectures among hundreds of other students and afterwards be tested by multiply choice questions. The studying process to me  consists of so much more than just learning facts and formulas by heart; it is about actually understanding all subjects in a larger context. I want to be able to question, to think for myself and  draw conclusions beyond the obvious.  A good learning environment allows the confrontation with strong minds and arguments and at the same time permits the freedom to develop personal approaches. I believe that small classes and an institution that encourages every single student as an individual would offer perfect conditions to improve my particular skills and provide the best preparation for the future.

I know that the students I will get to know at IE have outstanding skills, an interesting personality and worked hard to get into the school. It would be great to study among a this group of people who are gifted and motivated to achieve something special in University and life!

28
Mar

Interview with Avneesh Mehta (INDIA), member of JAB

Written on March 28, 2012 by Roberto Arribas in General

From March 27th to March 30th 2012, IE University’s Junior Advisory Board will hold its fourth annual meeting. Founded in 2009, organized and promoted by IE School of Arts and Humanities, Junior Advisory Board is a highly selective group of pre-university students, aged from 16 to 18, who advise IE University about the future of university education.

Interview with Avneesh Mehta (INDIA), member of JAB

Avneesh Mehta 

How did you hear about JAB and what motivated you to take part in it?

I heard about IE University’s Junior Advisory Board through my school, and the opportunity of meeting and interacting with people from all over the world, all from different backgrounds and cultures and taking part in interesting workshops based in the beautiful country of Spain was what motivated me to take part in it.

What is the greatest challenge you are looking forward to on your future university?

My Future University is most likely be one that is not in my home country, the greatest challenge will be living away from home and adapting to a new life that will need me to accept responsibility and be completely independent which is something I highly look forward to.

Which aspects of your chosen university career interest you most and why?

My chosen University career is most likely to be along the path of Business Administration. Businesses and companies are all around us and form a very major part of today’s society. How they function and run smoothly and are formed along with all their aspects has always been something that’s fascinated me from a young age and all knowledge obtained is very practical and can be applied in various case studies and situations.

What particular qualities do you believe a future leader should have?

A leader of any sort should be focused and determined, only once the leader himself is clear headed and hardworking can he truly ‘lead’. In today’s evolving world, it is now widely believed that a leader should not only be intelligent, but also emotionally intelligent, which is very important. Energy and Enthusiasm is something any leader must display. Only with these qualities, will a leader be able to successfully Plan, co-ordinate, and Communicate and successfully lead.

What do you find most valuable when choosing your university?

The University should have a learning environment that appeals to me and I’ll be happy with it. Going to top ranked University’s sounds great on paper, but will I be able to adapt to the way things are over there and be happy with it? Is it what suits my personal tastes? A healthy learning environment that welcomes students and appeals to me personally is what I value the most while choosing my University.

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