Dr. Verestóy Attila Foundation

"Giving is the best communication"

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!

I was born in Odorheiu Secuiesc/Székelyudvarhely. I live in Tărcești/Tarcsafalva, but am staying in Odorhei/Udvarhely because of school. I go to Áron Tamási High School as an eleven grader, and my field of study is social sciences (“philology”). My motto is the following: “One can only attain purity and great things through a pure and righteous path”, said by Áron Tamási. In my opinion we can only make this happen through progression while avoiding regression. However, we must keep our moral values in mind.

You mentioned in your report that dance is one of your hobbies. How long have you been doing it? What does it give you?

Unfortunately, due to health issues I cannot continue practicing dance. I’ve been doing it since I was in 9th grade. It was an important activity in my everyday life that I’d like to pick up again once I recover. Because of dance I was a member of a community where it didn’t matter if you were rich or poor, or if you had two left feet. We had an awesome dance instructor who encouraged us by saying there’s no one who can’t dance. When I dance, I can relax and don’t think of my everyday issues. It makes me feel stronger physically and mentally, as well.

We found out that you’re thinking about pursuing your career in the field of law. Why is that?

I’d like to become a lawyer. This profession doesn’t only offer a better-paid job, but teaches you how to stay strong and be persistent. You will also learn that life isn’t always fun and you will realize that one loses sometimes, but needs to get up and continue fighting. Ever since my childhood, my family kept telling me that “you’re a smart girl, don’t give up!”. I’ve always been honest, determined and purposeful. My dream has been to get back our land that they took away years ago (if my dad won’t have gotten back by then). This is one of the reasons why I want to become a lawyer. At the same time, I don’t want to rush things. I’m interested in other fields, too. My goal is to get to know myself better as soon as possible.

According to you, you’ve had the opportunity to be a volunteer in an elderly home by participating in plays. What other volunteer program would you like to take part in?

In my opinion in order for you to volunteer, you don’t necessarily have to be part of a volunteer organization. Any small act of selflessness that helps someone else is all you need to do to be a volunteer. Once we know ourselves better, as a member of a team we can continue volunteering being braver perhaps and having the courage to talk in front of other people. To be honest I’d try almost anything to help others, since I know what a nice feeling is to have people supporting me.

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

It means a lot. Now I know that there are people here in Transylvania who try to support the youth and see the future in them. The scholarship helps me a lot, because this way I don’t need to commute and walk in very cold weather, so I don’t get sick as often. Besides, I have more time for studying and for spending time with my friends. Meanwhile, I also have the chance to get to know myself more.

Message for the foundation:

Thank you very much for the support! I’m trying to improve myself and to study better, so I will become someone my parents, friends and even the foundation can be proud of. I hope that my academic achievement will reward me with a job that allows me to support this foundation. Thank you, once more!

My name is Orsolya Gagyi and I live with my parents and my siblings in Dealu/Oroszhegy where I was born. To primary and secondary school I went in this village. Currently I’m a senior student at the Gergely Kis Baczkamadarasi Reformed College where I’ve been studying natural sciences. I’ve always liked belonging to a community; therefore I aspire to participate in as many different activities as possible in order to get to know new people. This way became the choir of the school and the orchestra part of my life, as well as the youth group of Dealu.

You said that music has an important role in your life. Since when have you been playing on different instruments? Which one is your favorite?

I’ve been playing the guitar for almost six years, though I still feel the need to hone my skills on guitar. Most of the time, I play in the school orchestra during morning services. I like playing the most when I do it as a hoppy or just for fun making others happy. I’m also an enthusiastic member of the village’s all brass orchestra. We took part in a three-year course. Since then we get more and more reputation. During this time I got attached not only to my French horn, but to each member of the community too.

You mentioned that you hadn’t had the opportunity to volunteer, but you would gladly do it. What kind of volunteer activity would you like to do in the future?

I’m still looking for the opportunity to help people. Trying to gather information on volunteering and this is how I heard about the Young Caritas’ “Leave a trace!” program through which we can help elderly. Taking into consideration my abilities and free time I’d like to join to this activity the most. In case this doesn’t work out, I’d still love to make others happy, so Christmas wouldn’t only be my favorite holiday, but others’ as well. This time of the year one has the most chances/opportunities to do volunteer work.

You will be graduating from high school soon. What are your plans for the future?

For the future I don’t have a specific plan yet. I’d like to continue my studies anyway and to choose a course that’s dynamic and through which I will have the opportunity to experience and to learn a lot. One of my dreams is to be part of a university community that allows me to experience as much as possible.

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

I’m very happy for it; since this community also proves to be loyal that teaches, loves and helps us. Here I also have a chance to get to know new people and face new situations.

Message for the foundation:

Thank you very much! Already the first amount I received helped a lot with school expenses and commuting. The family budget got rid of some expenses and I can start thinking about my future plans and savings.

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