How the participation in the Student Diplomatic Club of Sofia University and Youth Team Europe opened opportunities for me? The connection with them to the international environment and the Erasmus + program.
During the first weeks of studies, we learned about the existence of the club - a non-profit-making club for public benefit activities, created and run entirely by students. On a general meeting held in November 2016, together with the approval of the report for the past year and the election of a new Management Board, new members were adopted, and with many colleagues we took advantage of and became part of the SDC. The club's activity is really helpful for students in two directions. Discussions organized by the SDC enable learners to become first-person acquaintances with the analyzes and opinions of competent experts and interesting people from the country and the world on malicious topics - political controversy and institutional conflicts. And since we are fully responsible for conducting these events, we, the SDC members are developing our organizational skills, contributing to the growth of the club, and getting acquainted with colleagues from other courses and majors. Non-member meetings are also organized for members, and ultimately for all of us, the SDC is a community of intelligent friends who would always respond and help a colleague. Networking meetings are also organized for members, and ultimately for all of us, the SDC is a community of intelligent friends who would always respond and help a colleague. That's how it came to the fall of 2017 when I decided to run for the Board of directors as I wanted to deepen my contribution to the development of the club. In the months that followed, with the usual lectures and discussions, we organized a concert in honor of 23 years since the establishment of the SDC, which we had the pleasure to welcome as special guests nine ambassadors, Deans of faculties, distinguished professors and public figures, and of course the Rector of Sofia university. A sign of job well-done was the impression of the former Chairman of the Board, who said the concert was the largest event ever organized in the history of the Student Diplomatic Club.
Again in the autumn of 2017, I became part of the "Youth Team Europe" an initiative of the European Commission directly linked to
Team Europe and Europe Direct, whose purpose is to assist the Representations of the European Union Commission with the communication of European Union - related Issues through the implementation of the "Again to School" project and participation in the organization Events of the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria and of the The European Parliament Information Office for Bulgaria. Within 2 months the approved 20 candidates, we went through several public speaking and non-verbal communications.
Particular attention should be paid to our two-day visit to the EU institutions in Brussels, fully undertaken by the EC, during which we had the opportunity to learn from Bulgarian and foreign officials there more about the work of the legislative and executive bodies of the Union. This helped us to make the presentations we had to present to our high school students, "Back to School" initiative. The time and the topic were coordinated with the high school director, and one of the presentations I presented was on the theme "Cultural heritage uniting the path towards a European identity" in the context of 2018 - a year of European cultural and historical heritage. Contrary to popular opinion of ignorance and disinterest among students, after the presentation, a fruitful discussion was held in which innovative ideas were expressed. As a representative of the Youth Team Europe, I participated in the "National Career Days" in early April 2018 - a project that took place in most major cities in Bulgaria and presented to the citizens but focusing on the young, the leading companies in various professional directions to guide young people for their future development.
These two initiatives have given me the opportunity to meet professionals from different spheres of activity, and to exchange ideas with pro-European youths like me. And as this is also part of the Erasmus + goals, there is no better direction for development than for international dialogue and discussion of problems and possible solutions with people with whom we share a common vision of the future.