Name: Anamaria Koeva
Current Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
GLOW year: 2010
Tell us about yourself – what are you doing, where are you?
Hi, girls! It’s a pleasure to be in touch with you again. Currently, almost four years after GLOW, I am a first-year Architecture student in The University of Edinburgh.
What do you love about your job (studies)?
I love the fact that my major challenges me. Due to the fact that Architecture is a completely new field for me, I learn to look at the world from a different viewpoint while also learning how to apply my skills in an unknown field. This process is enriching and rewarding, and looking back at your progress can be pretty motivating.
Walk us through your (work) day.
A: My day at uni starts at 9. As an architecture student, I tend to spent almost my whole day in the art studio. My colleagues and I often have field trips or architectural site visits, so we tend to travel a lot. Therefore, I spend the time of the day with them, teamworking, chatting, having lunch together, exchanging ideas and experience, while also working on the projects. After the last lecture at 5, we often skip dinner and go back to the studio, where we continue our work often till midnight. All this shapes an extremely intense, yet entertaining uni day. In the end of the day, I go back to my flat, which I use essentially for sleep, and sadly or not, I often dream about my projects…
What “rules” do you live by?
All the “organisational” rules I have tried to impose on myself have been shattered by the unpredictability of university life. Therefore I had to learn to live without much planning, hence one of my “rules” is “Be in the moment”.
Another rule I consider as a crucial one is “Teamwork!”. True, there is and always have been peer pressure and competition, but I believe the only way to remain sane in the process is to let pressure go and allow yourself to be truly compassionate and helpful when your peers need you, thus building a respectful and happy community. Simple, but really does wonders.
What is the greatest thing about education?
The greatest thing about education is the university environment, and it is amazing, as it helps you set free and find your Inner Goddess in every sense of the term – educational, social, emotional, etc.
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
I met the famous Bulgarian Poet Liubomir Levchev when I was 10. This and all our meetings ever since have been inspiring for me, as they convinced me that one can be both a good person and a prominent professional without compromising with one of these.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about people and about communicating with them in every way possible – be it through art, poetry, architecture, or a casual conversation.
Which experiences in life helped you become the person you are?
I actually had to answer this question for a job interview not long ago, and my first answer, was GLOW. Why? I’ll tell later 🙂
Another major influence in my life was my teacher of Poetry and my irreplaceable friend, Roza Boyanova, who not only introduced me to the world of Poetry and showed me that there is a poet lying within me, but has also been guiding me through my life from the moment I was six to date.
Third, I cannot help but be changed by the experience of living abroad, as it easily and quickly helped me appreciate what really matters.
Last, but not least, being a daughter of two artists is an irreplaceable experience, as I got to grow up in a world of appreciation of art and diversity.
When things get tough, how do you keep yourself going?
I write. This is my most honest means of communication with myself.
The things for which we should always find time are…? Why are they important?
I always try to find time for travelling. It is my way to restart, keep fresh and inspired, so I try to travel regularly, even if I just spend a day in an unknown part of the town.
What kind of books (or which) do you consider must read?
My must reads are mostly bibliographies, the most compelling of which is “Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts. It combines an autobiographic story with cultural enrichment, while also dealing with the topic of the human limits (or the lack of these). Definitely a must read!
Another book which I extremely appreciate because of the fascinating cultural references and comparisons, is “Kite runner” by Khaled Hosseini. What makes it even more precious for me is the fact that it proves that everyone has a story which determines their lives.
What has GLOW given you?
I can honestly state that GLOW was a life-changer for me. It opened my eyes about the challenge of being a Woman, not a girl, pointed my attention to the skills, knowledge and demeanor which a real woman should acquire, and gave me the priceless basis for my trip to becoming one. However, its most precious asset is probably the fact that the inspiring, curious and adventurous GLOW girls are everywhere and one can always find a GLOWing friend nearby – even in the rainy Scotland 🙂
Tell us something interesting that very few people know about you!
My passion for drawing was my secret until relatively soon, when I gave it away with my first exhibition which I organised in order to sponsor my book. Now, with my writing and drawing secrets both exposed, I have my “runaway blog” about which no one knows and which I visit occasionally when there is no one to share with. Like a secret best friend 🙂
What is your advice for the young people?
Probably the one thing I wish someone could have told me earlier is that procrastination might be forgivable when it comes to writing your Physics homework, but not when it comes to chasing your dreams, because making a dream come true always takes more time than planned. So, my advice probably will be: Don’t procrastinate important goals!
You want to know about Anamaria and her works? Check here the information she has shared with us:
My first book of poetry, “From the Roof of the Rainbow”, 2008
On my first solo exhibition
On my second solo exhibition in Krasnodar, Russia, 2013
On my third book of poetry, “Hitchhiking a Flight“