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Exclusive Interview with SZTE's first Winter Olympic Medallist

The Hungarian short track speed skating mixed relay team achieved a historic success at the Beijing Winter Olympics. They were able to stand on the podium in the debut event of the Winter Olympics. Zsófia Kónya, a student of the SZTE, is part of the Hungarian team and gave an exclusive interview to the university's press department after winning the bronze medal.

Zsófia Kónya, a psychology student of the University of Szeged, who won the first Winter Olympic medal in the history of the SZTE as a member of the short track speed skating team in the mixed relay. We interviewed the athlete of the Szeged Skating Association Immediately after the succes.


Congratulations on the Olympic bronze medal. How do you feel about it?

- I haven't fully digested it yet, but it feels really good. I've put a lot of time and effort into the sport in the last period, and now I feel it's worth it.


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This is your third Olympics. How is it different from the previous two?

- On the one hand, this Olympics is different because I came here as an adult with a lot of experience. I was prepared for the pressure I would have to cope with. On the other hand, the virus situation has put a lot of obstacles in our way - even during the preparation.


How is your daily life in the Olympic Village?

-Well, here in the Village we have to go for a PCR test every day; the people around you are wearing that well-known white protective coverall all day long; restaurants has individually separated seating arrangements; there are disinfection stations everywhere. However, we are free to move around the village in a large area, so fortunately I don't feel confined, but of course I am cautious.


What stage are you at in your studies?

- My student status is currently active, but I am nowhere near to the level of my classmates'. Honestly, if you study besides training in competitive sports, it is not easy! Everything has been about the Olympics for me in the last 2-2.5 years, so perhaps understandably I have put my studies on the back burner. It was the same before PyeongChang, the previous Olympics. I didn't want to overwhelm myself, so I only took one or two courses. I have to add that the SZTE is giving me absolutely all the help I need to slowly but surely approach my graduation.


How far ahead do you plan, are you going to use your degree from SZTE?

- Competitive sports can only be played up to a certain age and we should definitely think about our life after sport. We should start to build it up during our sporting career so that we don't start our civil life from scratch. I think that it is an extra motivation if the sportsperson likes the chosen study programme, so that learning becomes easier.


Zsófia Kónya, besides the mixed relay, also represents her club, her country and the University of Szeged in individual events (500, 1000, 1500 metres) at the Winter Olympics 2022.

SZTEinfó / Ferenc Lévai

Photo: MOKSZ, Magyarock

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Ferdous Rahman – Faculty of Law and Political Sciences

My name is Ferdous Rahman and I am from Bangladesh. I am pursuing doctoral studies at the Department of Private International Law at the Faculty of Law and Political Science under the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme. Currently I am in the first year of my four-year PhD programme. I came to know about SZTE while exploring for the Stipendium Hungaricum programme. Among the other available options, this was my first choice. Apart from its excellent ranking, I got my supervisor with similar research interest. The increasing number of international students gave me a comfort of having a cosmopolitan environment. After starting my studies here in September 2019, I am convinced that I could not expect more. For prospective students, I would advise that SZTE can be their next home as I got mine. Everyone here including the professors, the administrators, and the students are very friendly and helpful. They make studies a joyous journey instead of pile of classes and books. After my graduation, I will return to my home country. The knowledge and the experience that I have been receiving here will be a great resource for my academic career. I intend to continue my research further and expect to contribute to policy formulation at national and international level."

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Ahmad Adha - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

I am Ahmad Adha from Indonesia and currently a 3rd year student in Theoretical Linguistics PhD program. I chose the University of Szeged (SZTE) as my study destination because it is located in the center of the town and it is also the highest ranked university in Hungary. The university staff and the professors were very accommodating and understanding when I decided to change the program that suits my research topic. I am so glad that I can be a part of my current department, and of course SZTE, since it is also the Center of Pragmatic Research which aims to promote advanced linguistic pragmatic research with international collaborations. After graduating, I wish to continue to work in my academic field as a professor and a researcher. My advice for prospective SZTE students is to choose a university with a good academic reputation that fits their passion.

 

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