Research Project Topic Title and Summary:
COVID-19 Impact on Tourism in the Balkan Countries
My research is looking to identify the implications and impact of the COVID-19 in the tourism sector in the Balkan Countries aiming to propose recovery measures for the industry. This would result on in suggestions that would ensure efficient cooperation between the private tourism sector and the government by developing further travel and safety measures. The main reason for conducting the research is to observe whether the tourism industry can adapt to the new "normal" and address widely debated questions such as: What will the authorities do to reduce the negative effects of the crises, support tourism and attract visitors to the regions? Will financial support be enough? How much a tax relief can ease the sufferings? What we can do to ease the pains?
Whom do you admire and who inspires you?
I am a whole-hearted feminist; therefore, I admire lots of women who stood up for themselves and made a career in a patriarchal field, but not only. Anna Wintour and Abigail Johnson are two women I closely follow, but at the top of my list could be found a respectable and successful man whose name is Tony Robbins.
Top 3 things you can't live without?
Google Drive, my planner, and French fries
What is the research/career highlight you are most proud of?
I have been running a non-profit organization for more than 6 months. It all started as an idea and a dream and it quickly turned into one of the most successful online free digital platform that offers counseling to Romanian students in their application for American colleges.
How would your 10-year-old self-react to what you doing right now?
My 10-years old would only have to say" Congrats, you are doing it, but please don't stop".
What would you recommend to young researchers out there?
I am a young researcher as well so I would just recommend being patient and always start early. At the same time, I believe is very important to use all the resources available and understand that knowing where and how to look for information is one of the most important skills of a researcher.
Describe a time in your life that you gained a new perspective?
I believe that taking the decision to study in US over Europe and traveling an ocean to gain more experience and get an education gave me the hope that I would have a different perspective soon and this is how it happened. Soon after I arrived in the US and got over the cultural shock and started adjusting to a whole different lifestyle, COVID-19 pandemic hit and for the first time I had no backup plan. Confronted with this, my life perspective changed, and I realized that life needs us to do not only what we are good at, but what we feel is best for us.
What is your favorite quote?
"Per Asper Ad Astra"