Anja Kundrat

Anja Kundrat

Anja Kundrat will deliver a surprise to the participants of Vienna EUDC, a rectangular surprise made of paper. So as to keep it a surprise, all we’re going to give away is that Anja is a creative and hard-working designer and photographer and a fun person. She would like for participants to remember the week in August not only as a debate competition against each other, but rather as a week full of activities enjoyed together in Vienna. This way, they will hopefully return to wonderful Vienna at a later point again. She might choose Barcelona as the next city for EUDC, but she stresses how beautiful and exciting it is to stay in Vienna, and hence how important it is to integrate the city into the entire event! She joined DKWien last fall following the recommendation of a friend (thanks a million to that person!) and quickly came on board of the Euros crew.

Debating has made Anja more self-confident in her university studies. She now feels confident to speak up in discussions and to explain to others what they might not know. We think it’s fitting that Anja has fun integrating her own opinions into discussions. So, debating has had a great impact on her university programme, Theatre, Film and Media Studies, which is a lot about discussions. Besides, writing and elaborating an argument in a seminar paper is very much about structure, structure, structure! Anja also finds that using analysis and structuring skills takes discussions with friends to a more profound level.

Vienna Euros will spread debating beyond the Austrian capital of Vienna, Anja says. It will reach many smaller towns and then debating will be seen as something not only a selected few can pursue, but any student. Before that lies convening this huge event, and Anja joined the crew exactly to go through this ordeal and learn what lies behind organising Euros, and to connect to and learn from all the friendly people involved in it. For a hilarious fun activity at Euros, Anja proposed setting up a huge roller coaster that fires people up in the air and lands them on a gigantic pillow. If she were to be the chef of Euros, she would celebrate its European spirit and serve one delicacy from each country. Talking to her, we have the impression that Anja has an open personality and thinks in colourful images, and indeed, she says that as a passionate photographer, rather than hiding behind the camera, she has to show people a piece of herself and be open to the people she photographs. Be patient and wait for the surprise!

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