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Dr. Verestóy Attila Alapítvány

"Giving is the best communication"

My name is Richárd Járai-Szabó. I was born on the 8th of August 1996 in Odorheiu Secuiesc/Székelyudvarhely. I graduated in 2015 from Elek Benedek Pedagogical High School where I studied natural sciences and English. I continued my studies at Babes-Bolyai University where I’m studying chemistry in order to become a chemical engineer.

You mentioned that you will be done with your studies soon. What will your next step be?

I would like to do my Master’s in Cluj Napoca/Kolozsvár. Besides writing my final thesis, I’m thinking what Master’s course is worth taking. Starting from the next academic year I want to get a job, preferably in my field of study. My plan for the summer is to go to the United States.

You told us about your volunteering experiences. What program was the most outstanding for you?

I think it was the camp that the “Gondviselés” charity organization arranged. I had the chance to experience first-hand how much it means for a poor family to receive a little bit of help.

How do you picture yourself in 5 years? What do you want to accomplish by then?

I’d like my future self to find the career that I can pursue full-heartedly. By then, I also want to have caught up with a few things, such as learn how to drive or speak Romanian.

What are the 3 most important things for you (they can be people, objects, events, principles, etc.)? Why?

Reading, creative writing and my teeth are the most important things for me. I think these things describe me the best. Reading defines me completely. I could not imagine my life without books. Through creative writing I can express my thoughts and develop critical thinking. The reason why I mentioned my teeth is that I had had a lot of problems with them and when I graduated from high school I decided to fix them. Currently, I’m wearing braces and my favorite free-time activity is brushing my teeth.

What does it mean for you to be one of our scholarship recipients? How does it help you?

I still can’t believe that the foundation awarded me with a scholarship. I’m very grateful for it. I feel like I’m not alone with my problems anymore. It helps me plan ahead that was almost impossible for me in the last few years.

Message for the foundation:

I hope the foundation stays as helpful as it has been so far.

I’m Ágnes Bartalis-Fábián and I was born in Miercurea Ciuc/Csíkszereda. Currently, I’m a 4th-year student at the faculty of pharmacology at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Târgu Mureș.

When did you decide to become a pharmacist? Why did you choose this course?

I realized in 12th grade that the job of a pharmacist is the one that I could best fulfill. I also had other career options in mind, but I didn’t think any of them could have lasting results. Doing pharmacology is more than what most of us can think of when we hear this word.

You mentioned that you like looking toward the future and setting goals. What’s your biggest dream?

My biggest dream is to establish a stable and prosperous future where I can do what I enjoy for a living, while being near my family.

How do you picture yourself in 10 years?

At the age of 32, I see myself as being an established pharmacist. My family will expand and all of us will be healthy.

What does it mean for you to be one of our scholarship recipients? How does it help you?

For me, being a scholarship recipient is very motivating for me to achieve short-term dreams. It also helps with the expenses that living in another city brings. It’s a privilege and I can be part of a charity group that always has positive intentions.

Message for the foundation:

I’m very thankful to the foundation for making me a part of their family and helping me continue my studies.

My name is Zalán Szőke and I was born in Odorheiu Secuiesc/Székelyudvarhely. I’m an 11th grader at Dr Imre Palló Art School where I’m learning to play the violin.

You have been playing instruments since you were 6. Who and what motivated you to start playing?

When I was a child, I used to get bored of toys easily. To keep me busy, my parents gave me a violin, which I studied for a while. I couldn’t learn much by improvising melodies, so I had to learn in a different way.

We’ve been told that you participated in several competitions where you placed high and that you have also competed on the national level. Besides good results, what else have these competitions given you? What memories do you have from them?

Thinking back now, I can say that they offered me opportunities to gain more experience and to further develop my skills as a violinist because even if one can play a piece well, there’s always room for improvement.

We also found out about your interest in literature. You mentioned that you had written short stories. Where did you find inspiration to write them? If you were to tell the genre, what would you say?

I took topics from the everyday life and used them in my stories. I’d say they are written in the style of realism.

What does it mean for you to be one of our scholarship recipients? How does it help you?

For me, it’s a challenge to be a scholarship recipient. It helps me be determined and hard-working.

Message for the foundation:

Thank you once more! I’m really grateful for the scholarship.
I wish the foundation’s workers good health and strength, so they can give hope and opportunities to others, as well.

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