Anasztázia Nagy

Nationality: Hungary
Program: One-year MAPP
Graduated: 2008
Current job: Program Officer at Roma Education Fund
Location: Budapest, Hungary

Beyond Work

+1. What is your favorite city in the world?

Mardin, Turkey, because of its historical buildings.

+2. What was your dream job when you were ten years old?

First I wanted to be a hairdresser, but later on I changed my mind every month.

+3. Who is your role model?

I admire all the great human rights activists from history, along with the successful women who manage to balance their professional and family lives.

+4. What is your favorite way to unwind after a long day at work?

Watching cooking shows with my daughter, if she is willing.

1. What led you to study public policy at CEU?

Before applying for the MA program, I was a student in CEU's Roma Access Program. I had a background in public administration and I wanted to improve my skills in policy analysis and design; this was the main reason I chose the then Department of Public Policy. In addition, CEU has a good reputation in Central and Eastern Europe. The international student body was yet another incentive to apply.

2. What do you remember most about your time at CEU?

I have many nice memories of CEU, classmates, and courses. I especially remember specific courses that matched my interests, and also that studying at CEU was very demanding. I took part in the one-year MA in Public Policy program and had a very busy schedule and lots of readings for my courses.

3. What have you been engaged in professionally since graduating from CEU?

After graduation I started working at the Roma Education Fund as a junior program officer, where I am still employed. Currently, I am a program officer and manage the Serbian, Montenegrin, and Croatian educational programs. In the near future I will most likely work with the Bulgarian and Macedonian educational programs and local partners in the civil and governmental sectors. I have also taken part in research projects related to educational desegregation and discriminatory practices of public administration, something I would like to continue in the future.

4. How have your policy studies at CEU contributed to your career?

It strengthened my abilities in many areas, in particular my ability to analyze and interpret policies and professional materials. My written and oral argumentation skills improved as well. These competencies are especially needed in my work, and have been improved with practice.

5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I have many things in mind. I might enroll in a PhD program in a few years to pursue further engagement in research work, but have not decided yet.

6. Do you have any advice for current students?

Try to benefit as much as possible from the program. It will pay off later.

7. What is your favorite thing to do in Budapest?

I love taking walks with my daughter.

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