Dr. Verestóy Attila Foundation

"Giving is the best communication"

My name is Zalán Szőke and I was born in Odorheiu Secuiesc/Székelyudvarhely. I’m an 11th grader at Dr Imre Palló Art School where I’m learning to play the violin.

You have been playing instruments since you were 6. Who and what motivated you to start playing?

When I was a child, I used to get bored of toys easily. To keep me busy, my parents gave me a violin, which I studied for a while. I couldn’t learn much by improvising melodies, so I had to learn in a different way.

We’ve been told that you participated in several competitions where you placed high and that you have also competed on the national level. Besides good results, what else have these competitions given you? What memories do you have from them?

Thinking back now, I can say that they offered me opportunities to gain more experience and to further develop my skills as a violinist because even if one can play a piece well, there’s always room for improvement.

We also found out about your interest in literature. You mentioned that you had written short stories. Where did you find inspiration to write them? If you were to tell the genre, what would you say?

I took topics from the everyday life and used them in my stories. I’d say they are written in the style of realism.

What does it mean for you to be one of our scholarship recipients? How does it help you?

For me, it’s a challenge to be a scholarship recipient. It helps me be determined and hard-working.

Message for the foundation:

Thank you once more! I’m really grateful for the scholarship.
I wish the foundation’s workers good health and strength, so they can give hope and opportunities to others, as well.

I was born in Odorheiu Secuiesc/Székelyudvarhely. Currently I live in Fântâna Brazilor/Fenyőkút. I’m a 12th grader at Károly Kós Vocational High School and studying economics. My motto is the following: ,, Don’t dream about life, but live your dreams!”

In your report we read that when you grown-up, you will become a stewardess. Where does this idea come from?

Indeed, this is one of my plans, since I very much like learning languages, conversing with people and traveling. This is where the idea of becoming a stewardess comes from. Apart from this, I have other career ideas as well.

You mentioned earlier that you had been volunteering in the hospital at the children’s ward. What experiences have you gained there?

I volunteered a few times. I think it’s a nice feeling to help someone for a sincere smile and a thank-you in return. This is when I can see that they truly need help, which might be material or even only a few encouraging words. I’m proud of myself, because I help selflessly.

What does it mean to you to be a scholarship recipient? How does it help you?

Being a scholarship recipient means getting a lot of help. It helps paying for the dorm and buying different books in order for me to prepare for the A level exams.

Message for the foundation:

I’m very grateful to the foundation.

My name is Ildikó-Renáta Sándor. I was born in Miercurea Ciuc/Csíkszereda and currently I live in Sândominic/Csíkszentdomokos. I’m a 9th grader at the Áron Márton High School in the social sciences class, called philology. My motto is to help others. I feel the urge to help those who I can, since I also received and still receive a lot of help.

You mentioned earlier that after you graduate from high school, you would like to continue your studies. What specialty interests you the most?

If given the opportunity to attend university, I will choose psychology for sure. I’m very interested in it and I read a lot about it.

We found out that, besides studying, your other passion is reading. What’s your favorite book and why?

My favorite book is The golden man (“Az arany ember”) by Mór Jókai. The reason for it is that it has a romantic part, but still realism has an important role in it. It’s a novel that educates you for life.

What is the personality trait of yours that you like the most?

Being charitable is what I like the most about myself. I help anyone I can.

What does it mean to you to be a scholarship recipient of the foundation? How does it help you?

It means and helps me a lot. I was able to purchase quite a few books that were mandatory to buy. I could also pay for my train pass and didn’t need to ask my parents for money. It does mean a lot to me!

Message for the foundation:

I’d like to thank the foundation for grating me this scholarship. I’m very grateful to them for helping me. It does contribute to my studies a lot. Thank you!

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