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1 Hi everyone! My name is Vera Zadniprovska. I am 20 years old. I was born and spent my childhood in Odessa, Ukraine. I moved to Los Angeles, California when I was 10 years old. My mother decided this move in order for me to have better opportunities in the future. I chose to attend the University of Southern California (USC) right after high school. My major is Business Administration, and my minor is International Policy and Management. I am also actively involved in campus organizations and voluntary projects. I live a pretty fast-paced life [once in the US of course - because since I have been in Budapest, it has been almost like a vacation :-)]. When I am not committed to my studies or campus errands, I am either at work (I always have at least two jobs! my university is quite expensive) or out and about with friends. My hobbies include people and their cultures, current events, travel, research, ballroom dance and the college life. I decided to spend a semester at Corvinus because I wanted to learn more about Central and Eastern Europe as well as the rest of Europe from the other exchange students. I am looking forward to this cross-cultural experience! Hi guys, my name is Petr Bidzilia, and I am a 24 years old exchange student from the Czech Republic. These days I study at the Corvinus University of Budapest. My reasons for attending the course Cross Cultural Business Communication have been simply, I would like to get to know other students from various countries and I hoped enjoying a lot of fun during this semester. As above mentioned, my home country is the Czech Republic and more than four years ago my home university became the University of Economics in Prague. Btw. Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world; if you have the opportunity to visit it, please don t hesitate. I like spending my leisure time with funny and pleasant people and maybe that s why I attend our Toastmasters Club. The purpose of this club lies in practising public speeches and then correcting our mistakes. I like doing all kinds of team sports as well. 1

2 My name is Melissa Padilla Webster, I come from Spain. My mother is English and my father Spanish. I am 20 years old and I am studying a degree in International Management and Economics. The university where I study at is quite far from my hometown, like 600km away more or less. I choose to go to this university because it offers a degree that no other university does in Spain, where you are able to study your degree in two languages (Spanish, English). My major is a four year degree, where in the third and fourth year you have the possibility to study abroad in whichever university you would like, this is another main reason I decided to go there. This is my third year and I am doing an exchange program in Budapest. The reason I choose this city was due to its location, as I love to travel and I thought that it would be easier for me to do so if I were in Eastern Europe, and also to learn other cultures than my own. The city is really nice but the language I find it too difficult to learn. I have many hobbies, I like to do sports such as, tennis, volleyball, swimming and going to the gym; travel (as I have mentioned before); read and listen to music. In my free time I like to go out and meet up with my friends for a coffee or even for dinner. Greetings! I am Péter Petıcz. I live in Hungary (I m Hungarian), and I go to Corvinus University, where I study International Studies. I like it pretty much as it is not too energy and timeconsuming, so I have quite a lot of time to spend with different kinds of activities. I am addicted to sports, and if possible I do some wall climbing, boxing, running and working-out every day. I think I am quite open-minded, so I am interested in a lot of other things besides sports like arts, photography, movies, music, etc... Travelling is my other addiction. I just can t spend more than a year in one place. So I try to move around as much as possible. My big dream is to spend at least half a year in India working as a volunteer. 2

3 Hi! My name is Nikolett Szatmári. I m 20 years old, I live in Miskolc and I completed my studies in the Földes Ferenc Secondary School in the class specialised in mathematics. This is my third year at the Corvinus University of Budapest, Faculty of Social Sciences where I do International Relations. I m a member of the EVK Practical Collage. We organize the National Study Case Competition and host lots of conferences and courses. In my free time I dance salsa, listen to music, spend my time with my friends and travel anywhere I can. My name is Gábor Várkonyi. I m a Hungarian student here at the Corvinus University of Budapest. I was born on the 31 st of December My birthplace is Budapest but since I was three, I spent my childhood in Germany with my family. My father is an electric engineer and my mother is an employee of the Hungary based OTP Bank. I have a sister, too, she is 20. I graduated from the high school in 2003, after 8 years at the Fasori Evangélikus Gimnázium. I run a radio broadcast about cars since 2000 and I have been the host of the Hungarian State Television s car magazine for two years. After graduation I founded my own company What a surprise, also about cars I import luxury cars mainly from Germany and cooperate with a fleet company in Hungary. I m lucky that my hobby is my profession. About my school: As I mentioned before, I m a student of the Corvinus University and this is my third year here. I study political science at the faculty of Social Sciences. I have chosen this class to improve my English communication skills, economical knowledge and last but not least, meet students from foreign countries and cultures. 3

4 I'm Thomas Lary, coming from France. I was born the 11 th of November I live in Paris but I'm studying at a business school called IESEG (Institut d'economie Scientifique Et de Gestion) in Lille, in the North of France, where I went as I was 17. Except this, I've always lived in the same place in the suburb of Paris. I don't know exactly what I would like to do later, but I'll probably be working in finance. I like almost every kind of sports, but I especially like to play football and tennis. I also like to travel even if I'm not really used to go far away from home (Budapest is the most far away destination I have been to...) Hello, I am Dániel Vékony, from the Corvinus University of Budapest. I do a course here in International Relations. The reason why I am doing this course is that I was always interested in foreign affairs. Also I think if you want to have a clue which way your town's or country's business goes, you need to have the broader picture. Besides I think getting to know people from other countries, other cultures can be very helpful for everyone to be able to experience the fact that there is a thing called cultural-barrier and nobody is the same. Once you understand that, you will be able to approach others with respect and without fear. A couple of years ago I gave up on urban public-transport, so whenever the weather allows I get by by bike. I like reading, and going for walks with my friends in Budapest, or other in cities in Hungary or abroad. 4

5 My name is Balázs Tatár; I m 22 years old. I attend Corvinus University of Budapest I study International Relations here. I also attend Mathias Corvinus Collegium, a college for advanced studies; it s practically my second university, where I specialised in Modern History in Central Europe. My main fields of interest are history, languages and people; maybe that s why I m a member of my university s student government. I m partial to delicious food and witty conversations and not totally averse to odd drinks in convivial and pleasant company. I like to surprise my friends with self-made cookies on their birthdays, even if I have to travel 1000 km to be able to do that. I enjoy travelling and getting to know friendly people abroad, as well as visiting and hosting them. I believe Budapest competes for the title The Most Beautiful City of the World and I consider myself fortunate living here. 5

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