Alin Marinescu is one of the young people who participated in "Greener Futures for Young People", a Diagrama Foundation’s European project that took place in 2011. We talked to Alin 2 years later to find out what he has been up to.
Tell us Alin, how did you hear about the project in the first place?
I was introduced to the project by my management tutor Ms. Tan Yoke-Eng while I was in my first year of studies.
What was your first impression when you first began the course?
It offered me knowledge that was not available on my course, Business Studies, Politics and Governance. I was very pleased that I was able to be part of the few people that were involved with this particular project.
Did you have any expectations when you first signed up to be part of it?
I did not have any expectations as I did not have very much information about the project at the beginning. However, based on what I was told beforehand, I expected to gain some work experience and new knowledge.
What was your experience like whilst working with Diagrama Foundation?
I believe that the experience with Diagrama Foundation was the stepping-stone I needed to gain confidence in my aptitudes and it was the cornerstone of everything I have achieved so far. The course provided me with new information about social enterprises and sustainability, and without the course I would have never come across those concepts, at least not in their full depth, their impact and all the ramifications. Overall, it was a great experience with many befits that have been crucial to my development.
How did your participation in the project contribute to your studies and personal development?
Due to the project I became actively involved with the sustainability department at the Canterbury Christ Church University, which opened new opportunities for me. Later on, I started my own business society at University, for which I have been the president for the past two years. Also, due to my active involvement with the academic staff and the Careers and Development Department, I have become Bloomberg’s Ambassador at the University. It has also led me to fulfill the roles of Student Representative and Student Ambassador.
What are your plans for the future?
I would like to be able to open my own business at some point, however at the moment I am looking for a graduate position, once I finish my studies in June.
What would you recommend other young people in their first year of their studies? What would you say to them?
One thing I would have to say to everyone that wants to gain more than just a degree whilst expanding their knowledge and understanding, is to make the most of every opportunity and do not let these opportunities pass by just because you are in your first or second year. Experiment as much as you can, and then you will be able to find out what is the appropriate pathway for you; it is never too late to do the thing that you like. Also, I would recommend aim high and not be afraid of dreaming, because if you work for your dreams, they do come true.