RA Team Reloaded
Every end is a new beginning. This saying pretty much describes the situation the AUBG Resident Assistants face at the end of each academic year. Some of them are graduating seniors and need to hand their positions to those eager to replace them. This year’s RA selection process is over and it is time to meet the 11 newly selected members of the team.
Nicoleta Paladi is a first-year student from Moldova, majoring in Political Science and International Relations, and European Studies. She is a member of BLIMUN as well as of TEDx AUBG, where she is part of the Speakers’ Team.
Some of Nicoleta’s interests include reading, writing, continuous self-development as well as volunteering. She is also civically active back home, striving to spread the need for non-formal education and gender equality.
“I feel like I integrate best by giving back to the community. The RA position will definitely help me be closer to the AUBG community’s concerns and will allow me to help and have an impact,” Paladi said.
Brian Shkodrani is also a first-year student who is planning to double major in Business Administration and Politics. He is part of the Broadway Performance Club, a Senator in the Student Government and a soccer player in team Fury.
His hobbies and interests vary from humanistic psychology to conspiracy theories, history of humanity, sciences and all kinds of sports. He loves art in general, but mostly practices singing and acting.
“I really hope this experience will help me grow as a person and learn how to deal with different situations. In addition, I wish I will be of help and support to all the students living in the residence hall, making them enjoy the environment we share,” Shkodrani said. “I am sure we are going to have a great time with the amazing team of this year and unforgettable experiences are about to come.”
Marialena Dura is a second-year student from Albania, majoring in Business Administration and Economics. She is an active member of the Business Club, currently holding the position of Vice President.
Among her favorite things are sunny days, good friends and all kinds of music.
“I am looking forward to discover more about the great RA team I just joined and I highly appreciate the chance I was given to offer a part of myself to the colorful AUBG community,” Dura said.
Daniil Butorin is a third-year student from Russia, majoring in Political Science and, as he hopes, in Business Administration. When he first arrived at AUBG he immediately joined AFC Griffins, because he has always wanted to play American football. Overall, he like sports that help you improve yourself.
“Since next year will be my last year here, I wanted to try something new. That’s why I decided to apply for an RA,” Butorin said. “I want to meet new people and have fun, but I understand that it will require a lot of time and work. But it is worth it.”
Teodora Ivanova is a first-year student planning to major in Political Science and International Relations and Business Administration. Currently, she is a member of AUBG Daily, the European Society Club, and PTPI Better Community Club. She is also a Student Representative to the Student Outcomes Assessment Committee.
Her passions include traveling, exploring different cultures, learning languages, and volunteering. Her favorite hobbies are reading books, especially fantasy and dystopian novels, and going for long walks. As for dreams, her biggest dream is to visit as many countries as possible.
“I’ve wanted to be an RA ever since orientation week when I saw how close RAs are and how they helped the freshmen get used to the life at AUBG. It’s a challenging position but it will help me learn how to communicate more effectively and deal with real-life situations,” Ivanova said. “I also like the fact that I will organize various events and I’ll be more engaged on campus. I’m looking forward to it because I’m sure it will be a great experience.”
Michaela Parker is a second-year student from the United States majoring in Economics. She is a part of the TEDxAUBG organizing team, the Asset Trading and Management Club, and the newly formed debate club.
In her spare time Michaela can usually be found cooking, playing video games, or listening to podcasts. Her dream job would be to design in-game economies and currency exchanges, but she is currently working towards the banking and financial forensics industry.
“I’ve wanted to be an RA for a long time because I love organizing and being a leader in a greater community. I hope through the RA position I can develop more empathy; I want people to feel comfortable turning to me for help and advice,” said Parker.
Fatme Tsiko is a first-year student, planning to major in Journalism and Mass Communications, and Literature. But she also wants to try the Film Studies, since she is interested in film-making and video editing. Tsiko is part of four clubs for now – Documentary Club, AUBG Olympics, AUBG Talks (which is now part of OCM) and PTPI BCC, but she is thinking of adding one or two more next year.
She likes being busy and involved as it gives her energy and helps her meet new people. Her hobbies include video editing and photography, but her true passion is writing. She loves words and she believes that they are the greatest power in the world. She is also interested in book cover design and old movie posters.
“I love communicating with new people and I love the team behind the desk in Skapto 2. Their positive energy attracted me from the first day. I hope being an RA will teach me how to deal with difficult situations as well as managing my time better,” Tsiko said.
Lika Tsintsadze is a first-year student from Georgia, majoring in Politics and European Studies. She is involved in the European Society club and works for the Admissions Office as a student assistant. She is also a member of several NGOs back in Georgia and is trying to do the job from campus.
Tsintsadze loves socializing, movies, good music and helping people.
“Being an RA in Skapto 2 gives me an opportunity to do everything I love. Residence life is one of the most important and exciting part of college life and the RAs are the spirits of this life,” Tsintsadze said. “I am so excited I can be one of those amazing guys who has the ability to help students and make their university memories unforgettable.”
Ilda Duka is a first-year student from Albania and she is still not certain what her majors would be, since she prefers to explore her interests first. Ilda is part of PTTPI and Better Community Club, and of the Documentary Club, but she is planning on applying for more clubs next semester.
She likes recycling and making DIY-s & handmade crafts, and her favorite sport is ultimate frisbee.
Dimitar Bratovanov is a second-year student from Bulgaria, majoring in Business Administration and Economics. He loves photography and watching anime, and he describes himself as a charming creep who loves challenging himself.
He is currently part of AUBG Olympics, StartUP@Blagoevgrad, BFDC Samodiva and OCM clubs.
“No matter how cliché it may sound, I expect it to be great fun to work with my friends and I hope to meet many new people and to build lasting relationships,” said Bratovanov.
Ksandros Apostoli is a second-year student from Albania majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. The greatest part of his childhood was living in Greece due to his father’s Greek origin. He finds pleasure in long trips, hard mathematical exercises and quality night conversations with his closest ones.
He is also part of the Engineering Club at AUBG.
“My strongest motive in applying for the position of a Resident Assistant was to leave my mark and offer all I can from myself to make the place which is hosting four of the most colorful years of my life better,” said Aposotoli.