Opinion|A Sporty First-Year Student Shares His Story
For Dobrin Stoilov, a first-year student, AUBG is the place where he can follow both his passions – business and sports. In the middle of the days around the classs registration period, he spared some time to share why he chose this university.
Initially, Stoilov wanted to study abroad. But the removal of the SAT requirement was what made him consider AUBG as an option. He said he didn’t have any expectations before he was admitted and that’s why he is neither disappointed nor overly excited. “I like everything here,” he said. “Why wouldn’t I like it?”
For Stoilov, the combination of the comfort of his own home and the opportunity to get educated at a liberal arts university is more than enough of a reason to enjoy his time here. “I even prefer Blagoevgrad to Sofia where most people want to go once they graduate from high school,” he adds.
He thought of moving on campus so he could fully experience university life but “just like people who come from the same country form a group, local students are also a group, no matter what.” Another advantage of the campus is that everything is close. “You can go to the library to study peacefully, grab lunch, meet friends, all within a hundred meters,” he said.
Stoilov played soccer for seven years until two years ago. He has tried other sports but “nothing compares to the feeling of playing soccer.” Now, at AUBG, he has the chance to practice his favorite sport. “I like the facilities the university offers and the different sports activities we can enjoy,” he said. “The Olympics challenges look really interesting“.
Recently, what Stoilov enjoyed the most was the soccer tournament. He takes pride in forming the soccer team Locomotive. Ten minutes before the deadline to sign up, he didn’t have enough players, but Stoilov didn’t give up. “I found some responsive fellows and then I remembered I had to think of a name,” he said, “I wanted it to be [a] typical Bulgarian [name].” Stoilov is convinced that such things do not happen everyday. “I am happy we were all so quick and united,” he said. “Where else would have that happened so quickly?”
He was happy to take part in the soccer league and intends to participate next semester as well. “This time“, he said, “I hope we will be much better and win.”