Our graduates| Marek Svoboda

Marek Svoboda

* 1990


Open Gate Grammar School, Czech Republic, graduated in 2010


Columbia College, Columbia University, New York City, USA, started in 2010



Favourite subjects

Mathematics, psychology, philosophy


Preparation for psychiatry studies

Interests and hobbies

Debating, tennis, playing drums

Student resume

I come from Slušovice, where I also went to the local elementary school for the first two years, before going to a language-focused school in Zlín. From there, I progressed to Zlín Lesní Čtvrť High School, and then in 2005 to the Open Gate eight-year grammar school.

During my studies, I focused on mathematics and biology. I was also active in debating, successfully representing Open Gate on both the domestic and international levels.

As part of the American university admission process, I took a three-week preparatory course for studies at universities in the U.S. at New York’s Columbia University, which undoubtedly helped my admission to that prestigious school afterwards. This is also where I have studied since 2010, thanks to the generous support of The Kellner Family Foundation, preparing for the medical field of psychiatry.

Marek Svoboda

All articles

30. June 2018

A Change of Plans

In my last post, I was talking about my new lab where I was about to start my PhD thesis project...

28. February 2018


New school, new life again. This time it’s not as true, though – I “only” transferred from...

15. November 2017

The Test Result

In my previous blog entry, I described in detail my study Odyssey with STEP 1, the first licensing...

3. July 2017

At the finish line

The school year has ended in May and I have been locked up in my apartment since, almost without...

1. March 2017

One Step at a Time

This post aims to reflect on the current point of my academic life, in which I am steadily...

16. November 2016

Overwhelming News

The last couple of months – well, now over a year, really – the most prominent piece of news...

1. July 2016

(Another) 1st year done

Summer is finally here – and a well-deserved break with it. The third term was perhaps the...

24. March 2016

What is medicine.

Having just finished the second term (in Dartmouth’s quarter system, where the fourth term...

30. November 2015

Medical School, Finally – All Inclusive

This is what I have been working so hard for, the entire time...

2. July 2014

Bachelor at Last

What seemed impossible four years ago has now become a reality. I have concluded the four years...

3. March 2014

It is getting closer

To be honest, nothing much has changed since my last post. I just approached the end of my...

15. November 2013

Last year at Columbia; Pre-Medicaments

It is almost unbelievable how recent it feels that I entered...

24. June 2013

There and back again

Even though the weather had stayed pretty much the same since my last blog post until I left...

1. March 2013

To Europe for the Classic

“Hey, man, I’m really sorry I’m late – I must have gotten lost somehow, I don’t know the subway...

19. November 2012

Always something new

At the beginning of this post I would like to go a little further than just the beginning of...

1. July 2012

After half-time

My second academic year at Columbia University ended more than a month ago (two more to go),...

29. February 2012

Why, it’s only February!

The 29th of February, to be precise. Still, I realized yesterday that the midterm...

12. November 2011

The third semester

It still feels like the semester hasn’t really started yet, but the last lecture prior to the...

25. June 2011

Back home for a while

So what’s it like studying in America, then? Reminiscing about the end of my first academic...

7. March 2011

Living on the small isle of Manhattan

My first semester is over now and the greater part of the second...

19. November 2010

Past the New World gates

As I was preparing for my trip to the U.S. in late August, I had no idea what I was in for....

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