RAs Fall 2017 Edition
Fifteen new faces behind the front desks of Skaptopara Residence Halls will meet us in Fall 2017. After a long process of reading applications, interviewing and sifting through applicants the final selection has been made on Feb.24. Get to know the newly selected resident assistants with AUBG Daily.
Gala Yovcheva is a third-year student from Varna, Bulgaria currently studying Business Administrations, still considering majoring in Economics. In her free time she likes to watch TV series, explore different cultures and travel abroad, but most of her spare time she devotes to the only club she is part of –AUBG Olympics. The latest hobby she has is learning Japanese by herself, using online web sites.
“I look forward to meet new people and facing different and difficult tasks that I need to complete. I am very excited and happy to be selected for this position and to have the opportunity to develop my communicative and organizational skills,” said Yovcheva.
Ralitsa Penkova is a student majoring in Political Science and International Relations but she hasn’t decided on her second major yet. She loves to paint, but sadly doesn’t have much time for it since she came to AUBG. For now she is part of the Bulgarian Folk Dance Club “Samodiva” and the Political Science Club.
“I wanted to be an RA because it is going to be a good experience of working while studying. I expect to perfect my time management skills and I hope to have great times with the team,” shared Penkova.
Aleksandra Nikolova is from Sofia, Bulgaria and is majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication with two minors in Philosophy and Religion and Film Studies. She is an ardent bibliophile, loves reading, plays the piano, likes doing yoga and spending time with her friends and family. Due to her passion for music, she is currently a DJ in Radio Aura and is also part of the AUBG Documentary club.
“I expect an equal amount of fun and challenges and this is why I tried for the position,” said Nikolova.
Georgi Dobrev is from Peshtera, Bulgaria and majors in Journalism and Mas Communication and Business Administration. He is lover of the wild life, a Herman Hesse devotee and always looks to engage in the student community. He has been a DJ at Radio Aura, a co-president of the AUBG Soccer League, a member of Olympics and StartUP@Blagoevgrad and a player from the AUBG Griffins.
“I’ve been after the RA spot for quite some time. I”m eager to get to know my fellow RAs better. Skapto I has a new Hall Director now so our team, top to bottom, gets it’s own very special fresh start.”
Noel Ceta is a third-year student, second semester from Albania. He is majoring in Computer Science and Business Administration. The things he really enjoys are reading and swimming. The clubs he has mostly been involved with are the Student Government where he used to be a senator for almost two years and The Hub where he was in charge of the engineering department.
“I am happy I became an RA this year. I applied when I was a freshman, two years ago, and I did not get accepted. This allowed me to get involved in other clubs and activities. I think this helped me mature and I am therefore prepared to take a higher responsibility now. My main expectation is to be an RA that anyone would approach easily,” said Ceta.
Cristina Bujag is from Chisinau, Moldova and is double-majoring in Business Administration and Journalism and Mass Communication. Dancing is her passion and this is why she is part of the Broadway Performance Club. She is also part of TEDx AUBG.
“I’m expecting to gain experience in working with people and to contribute to the comfortable vibe in the dorms. I decided to apply for the position because it’s the perfect opportunity to gain work experience and be involved 100% in the student body,” added Bujag.
Irida Shyti, a new RA in Skapto II, was not available for the interview.
Luka Gotsiridze is a first-year student from Georgia. He thinks about double majoring in European Studies and Political Sience and International Relations. His hobbies are socializing, volunteering, blogging and cycling but he still is not part of any AUBG clubs at the moment.
“I expect to meet and to get in touch with many interesting people while being an RA. I think this position will develop my leadership, communication, teamwork skills and it will help me grow personally,” said Gotsiridze.
Kejsi Take is a returning RA from an exchange program in the U.S. Take is a third-year student from Albania, double-majoring in Computer Science and Information Systems. She loves drawing and running. Before she left for her exchange program she was part of the Better Community Club and when she comes back to AUBG she plans to join more clubs.
“I have been an RA for a semester before and decided to re-apply because I really liked being part of a team and helping new students feel welcomed in the AUBG community. Being an RA, helped me in getting to know many new people and developing my communication and organization skills,” Take affirmed.
Lyuben Zarev, is a first-year student from Sofia, Bulgaria. He is planning to major in Computer Science and Business Administration. Some of his hobbies are playing the guitar, watching stand-up comedy and cartoons (like The Simpsons, South Park, etc.). Luyben is not part of any clubs right now, but he will definitely get involved next year.
“I decided to be an RA because I care about what happens on campus and I want to be part of the team that makes Skapto a better place. From myself, I expect to be more active and to become more responsible, as RAs are seen as role models for other students. I am ready to give up my time and energy for the position, but I am sure I’ll enjoy it,” Zarev said.
Ariadna Zoidze or ‘Arina’, like almost everyone calls her, is a first-year student from Georgia. She hasn’t decided what her major is going to be yet. She enjoys watching movies, animes, YouTube videos, listening to music or basically “doing what everybody does in their spare time”. As this is her first semester in AUBG, Zoidze didn’t have an opportunity to join any clubs, but she is planning to do it next semester.
“ I believe this job fosters personal growth, improves your social and problem solving abilities, critical thinking skills, teaches you to be patient and sympathetic. Those are the skills which I’m expecting to improve,” Zoidze shared.
Boris Beshkovski is from Sevlievo, Bulgaria and he is currently thinking about majoring in Business Administration and Economics. As for his hobbies, he loves sports. Ha has always been engaged in sports one way or another and that’s why he decided to join AUBG Olympics. Beshkovski was thinking about joining other clubs, but due to the fact that he got the chance to become an RA, the decision to hold back on that thought and dedicate himself to the position of an RA seems more reasonable to him.
“I do not really have any expectations from being an RA. It is a whole new world for me and everyone in my position. I believe that it is not beneficial for me to spend time thinking about what it is to be an RA and I am more focused on the experience which I am going to gain when that happens. Surprises are a good thing, and I am sure to see a lot during the adventure called AUBG,” Beshkovski said.
Zhaklin Dib is a third-year student from Sofia, Bulgaria, majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication and Economics. She loves dancing, going to the gym, and playing tennis. Here at AUBG, she is the vice president of the StartUP@Blagoevgrad club and is also part of AUBG Olympics and Radio Aura.
“The RA position is going to be challenging but it will also give me a chance to be closer to the AUBG community and experience real-life situations. I am grateful and excited that I will be part of such an amazing team next year,” Dib added.
Lyuben Popov is a third-year student pursuing a double major in Economics and Computer Science, moving from Skaptopara I to Skaptopara III. His hobbies include playing tennis, reading, and snowboarding. Ever since he was a freshmen he has been part of the Student Government.
“Being an RA is not new to me since I have been doing it for two years now but I am excited to be working with new people. I applied for an RA so that I might meet cool, energetic people and also so that I might help in creating a calm and quiet environment for students,” Popov said.
Uendi Kacorri is a third-year student from Albania, again a returning RA, who is double-majoring in Economics and Mathematics. The only club from AUBG she is part of is AUBG Olympics.
“I am actually a returning student since I am on Erasmus now in Prague, but I really enjoyed my first two years as an RA and that is why I want to continue being one for the last year of my studies,” Kacorri affirmed.