Student Spotlight: Dominik Petr

Meet Dominik Petr. After finishing Lake Mary Preparatory High School in Florida, Dominik decided to pursue higher education in Europe. «I was looking for a school that could offer me a continuation of quality education in English, with an American degree,» he says. Currently, Dominik is enrolled in the Dual-Degree Business Administration program in partnership with SUNY ESU. In addition to his studies, he works on his own project called «Investujsrozumem» where he shares helpful information on how to invest in a smart way.

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and why you chose to study at the University of New York in Prague?

When I graduated from Lake Mary Preparatory High School in Florida, I was looking for a school that could offer me a continuation of quality education in English, with an American degree. UNYP met these criteria, and in addition, gave me the opportunity to earn a European degree.

2. What inspired you to pursue a career in Business Administration, and how has your experience at UNYP helped you achieve your goals?

I hoped that UNYP will give me a foundation that I can use to my advantage in the future. At the same time, I have always wanted to be my own boss, which is what inspired me to study Business Administration.

3. Which course at UNYP has left the most impact or impression on you so far, and why?

The Viral and Guerilla Marketing course was taught by William Pattison. It has shown me a whole new perspective on marketing and introduced me to the concept of guerrilla marketing, which I was not familiar with before. The projects are a great practical part of what this course is all about, and I expect to use the experience and information I gained from this course in the future.

4. How have the skills you’ve learned while studying at UNYP helped you in your personal and professional life?

I have improved my time management skills while combining school with my professional life, which has also made me work harder than ever before. Other than that, I would say that for now, I’m focusing on expanding my business-related knowledge.

5. Can you describe a project or assignment that you are particularly proud of, and how it has contributed to your academic development?

I am most proud of my project in the Viral and Guerilla Marketing course, in which I had to prepare a guerilla campaign. When we were assigned this project, it felt really challenging, but in the end, I think it was one of my best projects and also very valuable practice.

Another very educational project was in the Consumer Behavior course, where we had to create a questionnaire and evaluate its results. I have already used this experience in my professional life, where I created a questionnaire to reveal unknowns assigned by the company. We were able to get 1 300 responses, which I then evaluated.

6. What advice do you have for other students who may be interested in studying at UNYP?

Probably to take advantage of all the benefits that come along with studying at UNYP, and to socialize and find friends. There is a very high chance that you will find people with the same interests!

7. What are your plans after graduation, and how do you see your education at UNYP impacting your future career?

I hope that after graduation, I will already have a project of my own going and that the end of my studies will allow me to put my full effort into my project and apply the knowledge that I have gained at UNYP. This knowledge will hopefully help me to make better decisions and avoid unnecessary mistakes.

8. Lastly, can you describe a person or experience that has had a significant impact on your academic or personal life during your time at UNYP?

The aforementioned William Pattison showed me a whole new perspective on the world of marketing, and I really enjoyed his classes as well. As far as students go, I have made a lot of new friends that I can go to for advice (for example on my project) for which I am very grateful.

9. You are working on your own project right now; can you briefly describe what it is all about?

It is a project that specializes in investment information. I provide useful information from the world of investing, and my website helps people learn in a more interesting way than merely providing definitions. Both the website and the Instagram account enrich subscribers with investment quotes, fresh news, and investing concepts. My project is created primarily to educate and expand the community of people with the same interests and also to advise and help them.

10. Where did you find inspiration to start your project?

It was something I was interested in, so I thought: why not share the information with other people as well? I knew that I didn’t want to tell people where and when to invest their money because I believe everyone should make their own decisions. Instead, I made the choice to educate people and guide them rather than make decisions for them.

I believe that investing money is important. Appreciating assets can help people through difficult times or achieve goals such as saving for retirement, funding education, or even generating regular income.

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