Below you can find a short description of my research publications – „In High School” and „In High School in China”, the latter one being the culmination of my 2-year IB studies at UWC Changshu China. You will find book descriptions, links to impressions from the launching events, and where to buy the books. For media sources on these publications, check out my Press Appearances page.

„In High School” / „În Liceu” (2016)

  • a compilation of interviews with high school students in Romania on what is important to them, their hopes for the future, who they truly are and who they want to become.

ENG:

„This is a book for everyone. Without exception. Here, no one judges you by the way you dress, the way you look, what type of music you listen to, what type of music you don’t listen to, or the way you talk, or your school grades, or the age, or the personal opinions. Here, we are all equal. Because you will see the diversity in the answers, which, to be honest, surprised me too. You will see different stories from different people.

This is also a multifunctional book. Read it when you get bored of the same ideas and want to see that there are others. Read it when you need to understand someone else. Read it out of curiosity. Read it to find yourself. Read it to get lost in it. Read it when you feel it.
The mission of the book? To help you. To put you to the test. To give you food for thought. To show you another perspective on things.

Whether you are a teenager, whether you participated in the project or not, whether you are a parent or a teacher, I sincerely hope you find it useful.”

RO:

„Asta e o carte pentru toată lumea. Fără excepții. Aici, nu te judecă nimeni nici după cum te îmbraci, nici după cum arăți, nici după ce muzică asculți, nici după ce muzică nu asculți, nici după felul în care vorbești, sau după notele de la școală, sau după vârstă, sau după opiniile personale. Aici, chiar suntem egali cu toții. Pentru că vei vedea diversitatea din răspunsuri, care, sinceră să fiu, m-a surprins și pe mine. O să vezi povești diferite de la oameni diferiți.
Asta e și o carte multifuncțională. Citește-o când te-ai plictisit de aceleași idei și vrei să vezi că exista și altele. Citește-o când ai nevoie să înțelegi pe altcineva. Citește-o din curiozitate. Citește-o ca să te regăsești. Citește-o ca să te pierzi în ea. Citește-o când simți.
Misiunea cărții? Să te ajute. Să te pună la încercare. Să-ți dea de gândit. Să-ți arate și o altă perspectivă asupra lucrurilor.
Fie că ești și tu adolescent, fie că ai participat la proiect, fie că nu, fie ca ești părinte sau profesor, sper din tot sufletul să îți fie de folos.”

Where you can buy it:

You can read a sample of this book HERE.

My work for this book consisted of:

  • finding subjects for the research
  • collecting interviews with high school students
  • managing interview responses
  • writing personal input for foreword and conclusions
  • promoting the book project and the book launches
  • organizing and hosting 3 book launches
  • published with Integral Publishing House, Bucharest, Romania

Book Launches:

Here is a summary of the 2 book launches for „În Liceu” in an article format, containing a short text and pictures. *

  1. First Launch at Cărturești Bookstore in Bucharest, Romania
  2. Second Launch at Brasserie Cotroceni in Bucharest, Romania

*the third launch took place in George Coșbuc National Bilingual High School but was not documented

„In High School in China” (2017)

  • a compilation of interviews with high school students from 100 countries, attending international school UWC Changshu China. Interviews on their culture, adjusting to independence at an early age, celebrating differences and hopes for the future.

ENG:

„United World College Changshu China is what this book is about. More specifically speaking, it is about the people in it. We are the ones bringing life to the school and making it what it is. This place is more than an institution to us. It’s our second home, it’s where we have the chance to grow and to be inspired, the place where we have made deep and meaningful connections with people from 99 countries, where we found friendships that will last for a lifetime. This school gives us all the best memories we will have before university and it’s possibly our first life-changing experience, our path to adulthood.

The diversity gravitating around us is unbelievable. Still, if you ask me what the differences between us are, I wouldn’t look at race, religion, ethnicity, country of origin or other such aspects first. There are many things underlying our true selves.This leads me to the purpose of this book that you are holding in your very own hands. It sounds crazy, right? Over 400 teenagers from almost 100 countries coming together in China to study for 2 or 3 years (if you’re in the Pre DP program too). By reading this book you will get a glimpse of our life on campus, our impressions on the new life we have, a hint of our backgrounds and a picture of who we really are.

I assure you that in the end one of the conclusions you will reach will be that our differences don’t build walls between us, but bridges that bring us together. We are more than international, diverse names attending a great school. We have stories and we have a voice, which is going to be heard.”

Where you can buy it:

You can read a sample of this book HERE.

My work for this book consisted of:

  • finding subjects for the research
  • collecting interviews with students at an international UWC high school in China, UWC Changshu China, on cultural differences and similarities and their impact on youth development
  • managing interview responses
  • writing personal input for foreword and conclusions
  • promoting the book project and the book launches
  • organizing and hosting 1 book launch
  • published with Integral Publishing House, Bucharest, Romania

Book Launch:

Here is a summary of the book launch for „In High School in China” in an article format, containing a short text and pictures.


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