Hello, Kristiyana. You are one of our newly admitted medical students. Why did you decide to apply for MU-Varna?
applied for Medicine only in Varna, as the exam format in the different
places is different, and I had made up my mind to choose only one place
and to focus only on it. The dilemma was pretty big, given the fact
that both Varna and Sofia are the major medical universities in the
country. However, finally, I decided to choose Varna after visiting the
University during the Open days.
What struck you most strongly about our University during the Open Days?
the attitude towards prospective students. The fact that special
personal attention was paid to everyone. If you had any questions, if
you were eager to find out something, there were people you could ask
and receive answers from. I was really struck by the lecture room with
3D glasses, where we were shown the structure of various parts of the
human body. I had made inquiries before that in order to make a
comparison between both universities, and the information I was coming
across constantly was that the training facilities of Varna were way
much better. Another thing I found out was that the lecturers in Sofia
were the same for 30-40 years. Well, I am not sure whether this is more
positive or not. What I believe is that it is great to have younger
staff among the University lecturers, and I had the chance to meet some
of them during the Open Days.
Is becoming a doctor your childhood dream?
since I can remember, at my conscious age, and whenever my parents have
asked me what I want to study, I have always answered that I want to be
a doctor. But somehow over the time this desire somehow cooled down.
I've been thinking of other options, as well, because I'd like the
profession I am going to practise
to satisfy me - I want to be interested in what I am going to do, but
at the same time I want to have material satisfaction, as well. So, I
have already made my decision, in fact, there is nothing I like more
said that if you turn your hobby into a profession, you won't have to
work even for a single day – you have to love what you do. Maybe this is
what you are looking for, as well?
yes. It is really important to love your work. Moreover, I have
recently found out that when I was a little girl, my parents had thrown
my umbilical cord in the courtyard of the Medical University.
And I wonder if the first thing you reached out to get was a stethoscope or a medical thermometer when you made your first steps?
Actually, the first thing I picked up was а package of drugs.
Here, everything falls into place!
you see, it was my destiny from an early age not to be anywhere else
but at the Medical University of Varna. (Laughs). Yeah, actually, come
to think of it, it was not such a difficult dilemma to choose MU-Varna.
The only thing that worried me was studying for the exams because I
started getting ready much later, in October. I was hoping to succeed
for such a short period of time. Please bear in mind that other people
have been studying for the exams for two years and a half, even three. I
decided to devote myself to this goal and thank God I did it.
you take advantage of the preliminary examination, which MU - Varna
provides to its prospective students for the second consecutive year?
I did. Then I was not sufficiently prepared. That was my first
encounter with such an important event - an examination that determined
your entire future.
the other hand, that's exactly the real purpose of these examinations -
to become more or less psychologically prepared and if the first time
you were not calm enough and you did not show what you really knew, you
still have a second chance during the regular examinations.
grades of the regular examinations were almost one point higher than
the preliminary ones. So I can certainly say that there really was that
psychological effect of calming down. And if someone is hesitant whether
to sit for the preliminary examinations or not, I would tell them that
they must undoubtedly go for it.
What is your opinion on the University website? Do you read it and do you find the information you need?
yes. I visit it quite often and I find the necessary information on
everything I am interested in – application, documents, up-to-date
information about events, occurring in the University, various
activities and student campaigns.
Yes, they are definitely a lot and I can assure you that under no circumstances you will be bored at our University
is the other thing I wanted. To have the opportunity and the necessary
facilities, not only to study a lot, but also to be involved in social
causes. I've read somewhere about the initiative Teddy Bear Hospital and I adore it. At that very moment I thought that maybe I should take up Pediatrics.
And this is my next question - which path of Medicine you intend to choose?
am thinking of Cardiac Surgery. Also I am considering the option of
Anesthesiology. And why not Psychiatry? That's the beauty I think of
General Medicine - unlike Dental Medicine or Pharmacy. If you enroll
Dental Medicine - you become a dentist. In General Medicine there is a
variety of fields, and you have a great choice – that's why I like it so
Apparently, your desire will become clearer in the course of study.
strongly hope it will happen as soon as possible. I know that in the
third course there are internships for which you should already have
decided what you want to do and which path you choose.
Are there any doctors in your family?
Absolutely not. No one in our family is a doctor. Maybe I'll be the first one.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Do you have a hobby?
fact, I admire people with a hobby, but unfortunately I'm not one of
them, at least for now. I love going out with friends in my free time. I
also love browsing through many different websites, searching for
information about things that interest me, such as various strange and
rare diseases, and in general any kind of medical issues. I hope I'll
have richer knowledge than my colleagues at the start.
I know you wish to be part of the Student Council. Why?
think I have good organizational skills. I also love being in the
center of events, of all campaigns that will be conducted. I've been a
volunteer in campaigns to raise funds for several homes for children in
Bulgaria. In some cases it was not part of some larger organization, but
my personal initiative to collect toys. I have recently decided to
donate encyclopedias for children about the human body to one of the
homes for children, as I don't need them any longer. Thus, some little
child could find his/her true self and make a decision to become a
Do you practice any sport?
At present I do not practise a particular sport. However, when I was a child I practised
volleyball, basketball, athletics, tennis, horse riding, swimming,
Latin American and folk dances, you name it. I wanted to try everything,
but I loved horse riding most of all because it was different from
What are your expectations for the next few years at MU-Varna?
intend to study very hard. I expect to meet colleagues who are at a
little different level compared to those at high school. I know there
are a lot of international students at your University. I'd be
interested to immerse myself into such a multicultural environment. On
the whole, I expect all my training here to be awesome because studying
Medicine and becoming a doctor is what I have always wanted. I cannot
wait for 15thSeptember to come. I know, maybe, a week later I
will regret it. (Laughs). Really - I am looking forward to my first day
at the University!
An interview of D. Velcheva