“Students should enjoy all opportunities they get at university”

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Name: Ana González Rovira

Graduation Year: 2010-2011

Company: Estudio Sergio Ruggeri

City: Asunción (Paraguay)

Where are you working now?

I am working at Estudio Sergio Ruggeri, in Paraguay

Which are your professional aims at work?

I develop projects. I am involved in these projects from the idea up to the executive designs.

Which is your last project? And the most important one?

The last project that I am working on is the design of an office building and an apartment building. In my opinion, the most important project I worked on here was the design of the Center of Intellectual Development, in Asunción.

Do you think your academic training at University has helped you in your daily work?

Without a doubt. From the discipline in my work to the actual knowledge I was taught in class.

Tell us briefly how an ordinary day at work is for you.

I normally work in the office from 8.30 in the morning until 5.30 in the afternoon. On many days, these hours vary on the amount of work we have.

We hold meetings depending on the progress of the work.

The atmosphere at work is very pleasant and relaxed. The whole team – my colleagues and Sergio too – works in an open plan office, so the contact between us is instantaneous and very close.

In general, how are your feelings towards the studies you did at CEU-UCH Cardenal Herrera University?

I look back very positively on the education I received at CEU-UCH Cardenal Herrera University. It is when you start working that you realize that the university where you studied greatly contributed to the person you have become. Your virtues as well as your shortcomings.

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Would you recommend CEU-UCH Cardenal Herrera University to people with academic interests like your own?

Yes, I do recommend CEU-UCH Cardenal Herrera University. I would also tell people to get the most out of every course and to keep the conversation going with professors. Students should enjoy all opportunities they get at university.

What are your future professional objectives?

My next step would be onsite experience. Until today I have always worked on the development of projects, including houses, a school, an office building and an apartment building.

How were your professors like? Did they motivate you to excel in your field of expertise, to reach for more than what might be considered the norm?

In general, the professors at my university would always motivate their students. Some left their mark on me, and really motivated me along the way during my architecture studies.

Do you think CEU-UCH Cardenal Herrera University did enough to assist you in developing your talents and skills? Could we have done more in this respect? If so, what more could we have done?

The architecture program at CEU-UCH Cardenal Herrera University had been installed only a few years before the moment I started my first year. Consequently, there was still a lot to build up and improve. One thing that I regretted in that time was the lack of conferences and activities dedicated to architecture, and visits to construction sites.

Do you miss Spain? Do you plan on returning?

Yes, I miss my country. I would like to return in a few years, when I have much more professional experience and a good curriculum vitae.

Is there anything else you would like to tell?

There is a lot you can learn as an architect by working abroad, and by working together with people who are passionate about architecture.

My professional experience here is very rewarding in a lot of respects.

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