#myCEU - Margaryta Rymarenko

“Now, at the point of graduating, I understand that doing a PhD at Central European University was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. At first, I thought it would be just that - getting a degree. But now, looking back at these five years, I see that I’ve gained so much more. When writing the last pages of my dissertation, I wondered about how I could write about previously unknown topics as an expert, how sharp and critical my thinking had become. I caught myself planning future research projects and collaborations confidently as an independent scholar, something I could not imagine even two years ago. My family started to call me ‘Researcher’ as a nickname because I could not hide my passion and enthusiasm for academic inquiries even when at home.
CEU made all these transformations possible. Many things contributed to that, its unique teaching and learning environment, the opportunities it gives you to do your research abroad and multiple ways to be actively engaged with academic and community projects. With all that, I no longer think of CEU as an institution, rather it’s become a part of my identity, of who I am, of who we all are. So today I am not saying goodbye to CEU, only to Budapest."
Margaryta Rymarenko graduated from CEU PhD in Political Science. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Teaching and Learning ate CEU.