Our graduates| Adam Pečeňa

Adam Pečeňa

* 1993


Nad Alejí eight-year grammar school in Prague


Northwestern University, Evanston, US



Favourite subjects

Mathematics, Geography, English, foreign languages


Capitalize to the fullest on being around exceptional people, and put my education to good use at work that I can be proud of when one day I look back on it.

Interests and hobbies

Languages, acting, politics, economics, soccer, dancing, all kinds of media

Student resume

I was born to Czech-Slovak parents in Prague and have been living in Unhošť, a small town near Prague, since age six. This is also where I went to elementary school until my fifth year. I successfully proceeded to the eight-year Nad Alejí Grammar School, and I fell in love with the institution, which I graduated from this summer. It was time to move on and find a new school to be loyal to and to develop my abilities.

Thanks to several schoolmates with similar ambitions, I came across an opportunity to try for studies abroad, which I eventually made reality. So I am flying to study at Northwestern University in September. What will I do there? I plan on making use of the liberal arts college system, which lets me discover what studying various subjects is about, to the fullest. I have been fascinated by all kinds of media since childhood, so I chose communications studies for now. Where else to study stuff like that, than at one of the world’s best schools in the field and in the country that is home to modern media?

But what if I find that the subject does not suit me, or that I also want to focus on something else, such as economics? It’s simple – I’ll just add another “major” or “minor”, or simply extend my schedule with a few classes on the topics that I want to learn more about. Simply, my education will only be limited by my own diligence and time, and not by pigeonholes. While studying, I would also like to pursue sports, foreign languages, and acting, and try many other activities, as the university setting represents the era of discovery. Can I succeed in tough sport competition, find enough discipline to improve my language skills, and make people from different cultural backgrounds laugh onstage? We’ll see. I will try, at any rate. I owe a debt of gratitude for this opportunity to The Kellner Family Foundation, among others, which I would like to thank on this occasion.

Adam Pečeňa

All articles

27. September 2016

Changes and constants

The last, fourth year of my undergraduate studies at Northwestern University flew by at the...

29. February 2016

At a Point between the Past and the Futu...

Coming back from a study abroad experience obviously comes with...

4. January 2016

North America, South, and Back

All the red tape to get a Bolivian student visa proved to be...

1. July 2015

Challenges future and challenges past

I don't know if it can be attributed to any particular cause,...

3. March 2015

Thinking Long Term (When There's Time to...

Even with 2.5 years of experience in picking four classes per...

19. November 2014

The Halftime Has Passed

My studies have reached the third of four years and the feeling of having passed the first...

30. June 2014

My Arab Spring

As I suggested in my last blog post, I was blessed with the opportunity to visit the Northwestern...

3. March 2014

Assembling a mosaic of majors

I got heavy-handed on communications courses this quarter: all...

15. November 2013

Winter and other goings-on

A university on the quarter system has no choice, a university...

2. July 2013

Final Finals

nd thus ends Freshman year. Looking at grades and activities, it could certainly be called...

4. March 2013

No Boredom in Sight

I have jumped right into my second quarter at this institution, winter quarter, and just like...

14. November 2012

The Ride

Chicago weather is not as bad so far as everyone has been warning us. There have been a few...

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