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Hello and welcome to my humble blog:)

My name is Daniela and I’m a 17 year old schoolgirl living in Zagreb, Croatia. Besides being a typical high school student, I have a passion for animals, movies, music and good food (only eating – I cant cook to save my life). In my short spare time I have between after school activities and studying, i can usually be found out with my friends or being bitten by our evil black pet cat.

I enjoy reading, Christmas time and going to the movies – its almost like therapy to me – and usually find it very difficult to introduce myself. Well, that’s pretty much the basic information about me in a nutshell.


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Just a quick announcment...

Hey guys, I just wanted to take a moment to quickly tell you about an event I’m going to be attending this weekend...Considering this is a totally school oriented blog, I'm thinking this could interest you:)

So, BHV is organizing its third International education and career fair this weekend and a whole bunch of schools and representatives from all around the world are going to be attending…from England, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, China – you name it! The fair isn’t exclusively for people who are interested in a university education abroad: many colleges (like CATS) and other pre-graduate institutions are sending also their representatives, so if you’re interested in attending a summer language course abroad or something similar, it’s a great chance for you to find out more about what’s being offered. There’s also going to be talk about high school exchange programs and professional internship abroad, so if any of these things interest you, it might be worth your while to come and check it out :)

Entry is free, and there are also going to be many schools there that are offering scholarships or free study for Croatian students. This is actually the same event at which I applied for my scholarship, so if you’re even remotely interested at studying abroad or maybe applying for a scholarship, I can tell you from experience that it’s a great chance to come and find out everything you want to know….I’m actually going to be there as a representative of CATS College, so feel free to pop by and say hello! I’d be happy to meet you and answer any of your questions, or even just talk :)

Anyway, it’s being held this Saturday at the Sheraton hotel in Zagreb from 10:00 to 18:00. As I said, if your interested in checking it out, I’ll be there all day so feel free to swing by for a chat – just look for the little curly haired girl at the CATS table :P Also, if your not near Zagreb, you can also attend the fair in Split on Friday 8th. I’ll leave you with the promo poster and you can check out which schools are coming here :)

Hope to see you there ;)

Until later!

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Oxbridge travelogue, part 3!

I’m finally back! Sorry for going all MIA on you again, especially after promising you part three of my epic Oxbridge travelogue, but I’ve been having another one of my hectic months again… torn between home and travel, I was pretty much buried in obligations and tasks, so much so that I didn’t even have time to sit at my own computer! But, that’s another story for another time, lets get back to what’s important – the Oxbridge trip - I’ve been DYING to tell you the rest about it! I’ve told you about the city and the school, so it’s time to tell you more about all of the amazing things I got to experience :)

So, in addition to living in a beautiful city and attending incredible lectures, I got a chance to go on quite a few excursions during my stay… Because we had the weekends off (we went to school from Monday to Friday, just like real school :) ), we had some free time during which CATS organised day trips to nearby villages and cities…so not only did I get to see Cambridge, but I also got to visit Grantchester, Oxford, London, a whole bunch of other universities and a music festival! Pretty amazing, huh?

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Oxbridge travelogue, part 2!

I’m back again, this time with part two of my great Oxbridge travelogue! So far I’ve told you a bit about Cambridge, the colleges, weird student traditions and the unforgettable Cambridge pigeons…so now that you’ve gotten a sort of general idea of what the place looks and feels like, its time for me to focus my further storytelling on the reason I was sent to England in the first place: the Oxbridge Preparation Program :)

So, as you already know, the Oxbridge program was organized by CATS College and held in CATS Cambridge, one of the three schools CATS runs in England. The location of the college itself was great; it was about 20 minutes away from my accommodation and right in the centre of town, but still secluded enough for the lively atmosphere of the city centre not to be distracting…we found this to be very convenient, because we were able to study and do assignments inside the school facilities without being disturbed, but then again in two minutes be in the very centre of town, ready to further explore Cambridge.

The school facilities were well designed and equipped, and the school was very comfortable and well-organised which actually made it a really enjoyable place to spend time in. The classes were spacious and relaxing, and pretty much everything you needed was there under one roof: a great canteen, an amazing library, modern classrooms, art studios, a café….and we had access to the newest ICT equipment (some of which I had actually never seen before!). The Academic staff were also at hand should we need any assistance…Everything is designed to make it the ultimate study environment, and well, they sure succeeded! It was a great place for lectures during the school day but also for study-time and to get some quality work done…plus, they had lots of socializing areas, so if you wanted to, you could easily take a break from studying and spend time with other students… CATS organises a number of summer courses for visual and performing arts students, so besides studying, I also got a chance to meet a whole bunch of really interesting people from these different courses :)