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Tereza Maláčová

* 1997

Secondary School

Grammar School in Jihlava (2009-2017)

University

University of Oxford, the UK; the Philosophy, Politics and Economics three-year program; beginning 2017

E-mail

tereza.malacova@seznam.cz

Favourite subjects

English, history, philosophy, mathematics, geography

Goals

My chief goal is to reach graduation and gain as much knowledge and experience as possible in the process. For the time being, I have not dreamed up any specific job that I want to do one day, and I am trying to be open to multiple options, which the broader focus of my program thankfully allows me to be.

Interests and hobbies

Synchronized skating, linguistics, politics, movies

Student resume

Saying that I dreamed of studying in the UK since an early age would be a bit of a hyperbole, yet it’s true that this dream has stuck with me for quite a few years and I am now waiting for it to materialize with a lot of enthusiasm and a bit of nervousness. I have succeeded at what I thought was unthinkable – being admitted to one of the world’s most prestigious universities and the UK’s oldest, Oxford – and that makes me hugely happy and proud as well as respectful of such a renowned institution, which I can be a part of now.

When I came to grammar school I took an interest in English and, over time, most likely my love of the language spawned a desire to study in its country of origin. In addition, I regularly took part in school English Olympiads, having competed quite successfully on the national level several times, and then I expanded my radius of interests to include other languages, which propelled me to Linguistics Olympiads where I have achieved my biggest competition success to date this year – an overall victory in qualification rounds and thus a position on the Czech national team for the International Linguistics Olympiad 2017.

I am not planning to focus on languages at Oxford, though, and English will be just a tool for me to study philosophy, politics and economics. My knowledge of these subjects is not deep yet, but I really look forward to the opportunity for learning them in depth. I was prompted to choose this program by my curiosity and desire to understand how human society and its relationships work, and to contribute my part – however small – towards altering and improving it, if I can.

While at high school, I also engaged in activities other than purely academic. I have spent my leisure time mostly in the skating rink as a member of Jihlava’s synchronized skating team and also relaxing with books, movies and TV shows. I expect, however, to participate in various club activities at Oxford, and spend most of my time self-studying anyway.

 

Tereza Maláčová
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