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Marta Kielpinska

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I was quite lost on what I really wanted to specialise in. I wanted a playground where I could experiment with my passions and explore my interests. I was pointed here by my university mentor, and I am truly grateful for that.

How would you describe your experience of the Minor?

I had a lot of fun here! I especially enjoyed being surrounded by people from different fields and collaborating with them on various projects. There were no exams but it’s the most I have ever learned in a time frame of six months. I now know how to create small electronic products, how to program and design them, how to test any invention, how to find target groups, why religion destroyed agriculture and much more….

How did the program benefit you overall?

The most honest answer is that I started my own company! I believe I would have done it anyway, but what I couldn’t have done without this minor is to make it succeed. I knew I wanted to do something to keep analogue photography alive with the use of modern technology, but I couldn’t really figure a good idea on how to do that. The minor made me realise my shortcomings and strengths, during the personal coaching sessions and through the various grow moments in the Future Solution phase.

I understood my biggest issues:

- I lacked focus.

- I am enthusiastic about everything at the start but quickly loose interest as the projects move forward.

- Over-confidence could have been my first name!

Only after realising these aspects, I had a clear vision of who I am as a person, what are my values and what is it exactly that I want to do in my life. I am not over with all these issues, but now I’m more aware of my strengths and weaknesses.

Any special anecdote or future advice that you would like to share?

I was the first one to laugh at the fact of getting personal coaching sessions, and then, I was the first (and the only one) to cry during it. And honestly, if that wouldn’t have happened, I wouldn’t be where I am right now. My future solutions project focused on creating 3D printed camera accessories but it was misunderstood by many people surrounding me because I didn’t know how to present my idea. My entire life I had excelled at public speaking but all of a sudden when I was supposed to present my own idea I could not get it through to others. I had to fail a few times to finally get it right, and I am glad I did that because the prototypes I created during the minor were sold out within weeks after I left the minor.

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