Petr Maňas

* 1998


Open Gate Grammar School, graduated in 2016


The University of Edinburgh, U.K., a five-year course in Software Engineering, beginning 2016


Favourite subjects

Mathematics, physics, and English


During my studies at the University of Edinburgh, receive an education that will help me progress in both my career and personal life.

Interests and hobbies

Piano playing, programming, card tricks

Student resume

I come from Bojkovice, a small town near the border of the Zlín Region. It was therefore, as one might expect, a shock to me when my family moved to the Czech capital Prague before I started high school. As I found out rather quickly, however, this decision opened a door to a completely different world for me, and the Open Gate eight-year grammar school was a step over the threshold.

I was homeschooled by my mother for the first part of my elementary education. I joined Open Gate School in the second year of the eight-year program [“sekunda”], and I lived there, learning and meeting new people, for the remaining seven years. Living at the school meant quite a lot to me, especially the opportunity to continue my studies abroad.

While I was at Open Gate School, I received an offer from The University of Edinburgh, where I had long wanted to attend and where my life’s path is now continuing.
I am studying Software Engineering, which is a branch of information science that I have been interested in since I was a child and that I am planning to pursue as a career. For this reason, I am very grateful to The Kellner Family Foundation for opening the gates to Open Gate School for me and for accompanying me through the passage to university education.


Petr Maňas

All articles

28. February 2020

Precision in the Kitchen

I've always liked precision, accuracy, and consistency. That's probably why I enjoy Olympic...

29. November 2019

Honours, Here I Come

I'm well past the halfway mark of my university studies, and it's getting quite serious. I'm...

29. November 2019

Honours, Here I Come

I'm well past the halfway mark of my university studies, and it's getting quite serious. I'm...

7. August 2019

Renewing My Love for The Piano

I first started playing the piano when I was young, in a small...

28. February 2019

Building a Lego Robot for Credits

Each semester I get to take new courses, some of which are quite...

15. November 2018

Enjoying the Hard Things

As I am writing this, there is a wall of assembly code staring at me from another window on...

27. June 2018

Why even go to a university?

Second year of university is over for me, I have almost three...

28. February 2018

Archery: An Unexpected Hobby

A little over a year ago, I first tried archery at one of our...

15. November 2017

New Year, New Challenges

This year, things came into motion a lot faster than last Semester. Sure, I didn't do much...

3. July 2017

First Year Is Over

The school year comes to an end, I return home, and I have over three months ahead to spend...

20. February 2017

A First-year's Thoughts on The University...

The first semester is over, exams are done with, and I finally...

14. November 2016

Just as I Expected

Despite being here for more than a month now, it is still sometimes hard for me to grasp the...

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