Name: Frieda Schimmel
Studies: Conflict and Democracy Studies
Home Country: USA
Level of Study: Masters

What experiences make you a great ambassador? 

Having moved abroad several times throughout my studies, I really appreciate what its like to settle into a new place and I know how valuable it can be to have contacts to answer questions and give advice. Therefore, I am here to assist new and prospective students with any concerns they may have. I really love Czechia and I’m very passionate about conflict studies (and social sciences in general), so I am always happy to talk or answer any questions about the programme or my experience moving here!

What advice would you give to new students?

Always show up to class prepared and participate actively. Many of the courses in this programme involve class discussions and they are much more interesting when everyone is prepared and engaged. The teachers will really appreciate it and you’ll have a much more rewarding experience in the programme. I would also recommend new students to learn a bit of basic Czech. Of course, most people speak English, but it’s appreciated when you at least make the effort to say some basic phrases.  

What do you love most about Brno?

One of my favourite things about Brno is that it’s a student city and home to many expats from around the world. I get a lot of opportunities to work with people from different places and backgrounds which is something I really appreciate. There are also so many nice cafes and outdoor spaces like Lužánky where you can hang out, plus frequent music events and food/beer festivals at Náměstí Svobody. All in all, it’s a great balance of being small enough to feel cosy but big enough that there’s always something interesting going on.

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