Who, What, Why, When, Where and How…

The concept of a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” may sound like a cliché. Yet going to the United States for the 14th Transatlantic Symposium has certainly been so. A group of students, who prior to the trip had never been to the US, and their department professor Dr Tomasz Basiuk, embarked on a journey which they will never forget. Journey which wouldn’t have happened if it hadn’t been for the generous contribution from the US Embassy and from the students’ own department, the American Studies Center. The journey lasted only ten days, between March 18 – 27, but the lessons they have learned from it will stay with them for always. Thus, Ralph Waldo Emerson couldn’t be more wrong: traveling is everything but a fool’s paradise. Visiting all the places we visited, meeting all the people we met, and experiencing everything we experienced, was a crucial element in our education. The main topic for this year’s symposium was “resilience.” By studying different fields in which resilience can be found, we, ourselves, have become more aware, perhaps also slightly wiser, resilient people. People who consciously look back at the past, embrace today’s issues, and look forward to tomorrow’s challenges.

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