Archives for June, 2009

Summer 2009

It’s been a while, but the past couple of weeks were quite intense. I finished my studies in Budapest, I’m done with the CEMS program (I even passed my Spanish exam, which I was very, very happy about) and the only thing I’m left with is my thesis. From what I know I should be done with that by the end of September – that surely doesn’t mean I’ll be done with school forever as I’m still planning to go to grad school in a year or two.

As for the summer… It’s very interesting. I found an internship at the Abbey Foundation in Iowa, which is a non-profit organization dealing with the subject of addictions. I’m a business development intern and there’s a possibility of staying full-time afterwards. The great thing about it is the fact that it’s a new organization, so there’s a lot of room for creativity and ideas. Right now we’re creating a list of marketing materials and a list of donors from which we will try to get some money – the money would then serve to establish a scholarship pool for potential clients of treatment centers.

Talking of treatment centers – I’m living in one! Although I’m an intern and I don’t receive any salary I have been given a complimentary room and board. I’m staying at the Abbey Center, which is a former four-star hotel turned into a recovery center. It’s fantastic – I get to interact with the patients on a daily basis and all my stereotypes about addictions and addicts are being brought down one by one every day. A truly amazing experience. I will keep on updating the website with more information about the internship and my stay here.

I’ve been thinking about writing this one for quite some time, but I guess the fact that I’m writing it right now was sparked yesterday when I was watching President Obama’s speech on peace in the Middle East.

Before I discuss the speech let me draw your attention to a very interesting, demographic fact. The Muslim community, especially in Europe, is growing stronger and this has nothing to do in politics although it affects politics and policy dramatically. Their rising influence is thanks to nothing else, but perfectly natural causes… Birth rate. While the amount of children per family in the developed world in steadily declining or standing at a level guaranteeing nothing else, but the extinction of a culture the Muslims are having a very steady growth. Now, these are only words, therefore I would like to draw your attention to the following video on YouTube, which presents an overview of world demographics with focus on the Muslims: Read more… »


 

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