AUBG Eco Club is Off to a Running Start
Have you ever thought there is something missing in AUBG? Have you felt the urge to see something new or even to create it yourself? If you ask Simona Zlatkova, a first-year student passionate about Economics, her immediate answer would be ‘yes’.
The idea of gathering people interested in Economics in one place was something she had in her head for quite a long time and this semester, along with several other people, she turned this idea into reality. The AUBG Economics Club has been in action since the beginning of this semester and has gathered 19 members from Macedonia, Ukraine, Russia, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, and Bulgaria.
“Although there are many different clubs in AUBG, none of them is concerned with the promotion of this science,” said Zlatkova, the current president of the club.”When we study this as a major we only understand the theoretical part,” she continued, “but the club offers more practical perspective on it.“
Its aim is to gather people interested in economics in one place and to increase understanding about the discipline. Different events hosting specialists from the sphere are to be organized for this purpose.
The first such event was held in Panitza Library on Feb. 26 with guest speakers Yavor Aleksiev and Petar Ganev from the Institute for Market Economics.
“A lot of people got involved and that’s what makes us really satisfied,” Katerina Atanasova, a first-year student and treasurer of the club, said.
The members are mostly freshmen and they all share common excitement of being in such a club. Several of them said that this is an opportunity to work in a team.
“We are one team, we are sharing ideas, we are helping each other, no matter of standing. We are helping each other because it’s the most important thing in a good team,” Slava Zaplatin, vice-president and a first-year student, said.
They are surprised by the fast pace with which the club’s popularity is growing. The beginning was something each of the them was worried about but since the success of the first event they shared that they can’t wait to fulfill the next steps from the common goal.
“What we planned is already fulfilled and we will keep going in order to become better,” said Atanasova.
According to Georgi Georgiev, one of the members, many lecturers from Sofia are ready to come to Blagoevgrad in order to share their ideas and to work with the students. His was the initiative of inviting Vladimir Karolev, a successful Bulgarian economist, to give a lecture on What Matters: Environment versus Economic Growth. The event took place on Monday, April 4.
The students believe that the best way to promote the club is to invite guest speakers, so that people know that the AUBG Economics Club is in action. Another event planned for the near future, which goes under the name Diagnosis of the Bulgarian Banking System is taking place on Tuesday, April 5, at Panitza Library.
From here on the students plan to continue growing and developing. President Simona Zlatkova said that she plans on broadening the club’s horizons by organizing an economics week starting from next year.
“Hopefully we will be even more successful in this journey,” Katerina Ivanova, treasurer, said.
Photo credits: Aurelija Uzunova