Egina Urusova – Collegium Da Vinci Poznań

Where are you from and why have you chosen CDV?

I am from Kyrgyzstan. It is a small, but very beautiful country neighbouring with way bigger countries as China and Kazakhstan. Kyrgyzstan has one of the most breathtaking nature, kind and warm-hearted people and an amazing cuisine.

A friend of mine, who was helping me to find some cool universities abroad, told me I just had to study in CDV, because this university focuses on individual approach to students and helps them to grow according to their own vision, also allowing interdisciplinary choices. Now I know that it has been the right choice, as studying at this university gets you out of your comfort zone every day and  brings up new challenges, which is the best way to learn something. Teachers here are the best motivators and actually, I don’t see them as teachers, because they don’t just teach you. They help you to explore the world of knowledge, they just guide you during your studies. You are not just taught, you exchange points of view and experiences with them!

Why have you chosen Urban Management?

I have been very curious about buildings from a very young age. My uncle, who was a constructor, inspired me by telling stories about construction industry. I guess my interest in urbanism started just then. My purpose in life is to facilitate comfortable living by creating new standards of well-developed, convenient, healthy and well-designed space. I believe that Urban Management studies will enable me to achieve my goals. In fact, I think that every person’s future vocation is very often planted at a subconscious level in early childhood and that is one of the reasons why I have chosen this faculty.

What subject of study do you like the most? Which one do you find the most interesting?

I like the subject of hand-drawing. It requires imagination and manual skills at the same time, it teaches how to present your ideas on paper, creatively and easily. Every time we have a class of hand-drawing, I enjoy every second of it.

Do your studies support your passions?

OF COURSE! I like that my studies give me a will and inspiration to learn more, to search more, to know more and to stay “hungry and foolish” all the time. Also, I love that every semester we have study tours outside Poznan. It is the coolest opportunity to travel in Europe, studying and having fun with your lovely groupmates at the same time.

What does it mean for you that someone is curious?

Well, I think that curiosity is a great trait to have! When you are curious, you  always do everything to satisfy your curiosity and this way you gain more and more knowledge. So, stay always curious!

What would you like to do in the future?

I would really like to help people all over the world. There are dozens of issues regarding urban growth worldwide, such as environmental degradation, defective infrastructure, water and air pollution etc. But first of all, my attention is drawn to poor housing and working conditions and inadequate site planning, since I face those problems in my home country. In pursuit of wealth, businessmen very often totally forget about the environment and  proper urban planning. I know that such issues cause many problems all over the world, and I am convinced, that owing to my studies and hard-work, I will find solutions to some of them in the near future.

What are you passionate about?

I have a lot of passions such as music, books, making coffee, swimming, travelling, studying, partying. But if we take only those, which are connected to the field I study, it is mainly reading. I love classic literature and, surprisingly, it contains a lot of useful knowledge for future urbanists. It is amazing when you do your favourite things in your free time, but you still keep studying in a some way.

What are you proud of?

I can cook great pizza and make even greater coffee. 🙂

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