„I am learning something new every day“

„My name is Madeline Kalista and I come from Chicago, Illinois. I previously attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and obtained my bachelor’s and master’s in Accounting there. Upon graduating I began working in the public accounting sector for a firm in Chicago. After spending a little over a year there, I decided I wanted to get away from the scenery of Chicago, it all felt too familiar. So, I transferred from Chicago to Dublin, Ireland, and spent a year working as an accountant there. I learned a lot of things in my time as an accountant, one of them being that I didn’t actually want to pursue accounting as my life long career. It was then I began looking around for other programmes that might interest me.

I had been to Vienna before, and only had good memories there so the University of Vienna was one of the universities I decided to explore. I found the master’s programme in Philosophy and Economics and was immediately drawn to it; it combined some of the principles I was already familiar with, with an exciting new subject area for me (philosophy).

The programme so far has not been a disappointment! My colleagues are motivated and kind, and we have become our own little philosophy and economics community. There are people with a variety of backgrounds which make for interesting discussions and I am learning something new every day.

As the majority of classes I am taking are philosophy classes, most of my days are spent reading, which is fine by me. I have class every day of the week and for each class it is usually required to prepare some questions about the text that was assigned. These assignments are what take up most of my time, but the good part is they are always interesting and as far as homework goes, not too painful.

Philosophy and economics have more in common than one might think and learning at the cross section of these two disciplines is learning how to train your brain to two systems at once. As I am in my first semester of the programme I don’t quite know where I’ll head after graduation, but I know I’ll have learned quite a bit by the time I get there.“ – Madeline Kalista

Madeline studies Philosophy and Economics at the University of Vienna.

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„Für die meisten meiner Kolleg*innen war der Karriereweg nach dem Pharmaziestudium mit der Ausbildung zur Apotheker*in klar vorgegeben. Für mich ergab sich aber die Möglichkeit, während meines Diplomstudiums an der Universität Wien mithilfe der Auslandsstipendien Non-EU Student Exchange Program und ERASMUS über das „klassische“ Berufsbild hinauszuschauen. An der University of Ottawa bekam ich einen Einblick … Continued

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„Dieses Sommersemester wollte ich eigentlich so richtig durchstarten, mein Geographiestudium abschließen und in meinem zweiten Lehramtfach, Englisch, so einiges weiterbringen. Die Motivation und der Wille für dieses Sommersemester waren groß, umso größer dann die Enttäuschung, als mit COVID-19 alles anders kam. Doch mittlerweile habe ich es geschafft, meine Tage und Wochen im home-learning zu strukturieren … Continued

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„Ich studiere Mathematik und Chemie auf Lehramt. Was mich daran begeistert? – Neben den inhaltlichen Aspekten der Fächer, vor allem die Arbeit mit den Schüler*innen. Und diese soll natürlich auch Bestandteil des Studiums sein, deswegen ist in jedem Fach eine Praxisphase an einer Schule vorgesehen. Einige von euch kennen das sicher: Hat man sich für … Continued

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