Andreea Nădăban

“I left thinking that I’d gather knowledge and experience and then I’d return to Romania, to help improve something there. For instance, I’d like to change something in the academia, people should be more open to new ideas. And if something is not going well, we should try to find a solution together, instead of having an attitude along the lines of “I’ll pack my things and go.”

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Vlad Niculescu-Dincă

“… Everyone should ask themselves why they want to leave. Even if they don’t have all the answers, they should at least do this philosophical, introspective quest. From my experience, I can say that it’s very nice to live in the Netherlands and, at the same time, it’s very nice to bring the Netherlands to Romania and vice versa.”

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Andreea Andrei

“I think success is something very personal. To me, success is when you have as peaceful a life as possible, without major problems, without dramas. To have enough in all the aspects of your life so that you feel good. From this point of view, I think I’m a successful person. I get to do what I wanted, I like it, and I’ve also found the ideal partner, who loves me and also loves Romania.”

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Dana Popa

“To be integrated means to be open to the culture in which you settle, without forgetting or denying your roots. You take something from that society, but you also bring something along. We, as Romanians, have an extraordinary richness of emotions and feelings that we can use here very well”

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Cătălina Negru

“I feel very close to the community. The great number of people who think in a similar way to mine makes me trust a lot the community and the way in which it will develop and grow in the future. So, yes, it’s very close to my heart.”

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Irina Simon-Renes

“I think the idea of success changes with age. When I was studying at the George Enescu high school in Bucharest, success meant how many awards I got and if I passed the finals as the first, second, or third. When I was in Germany, success meant to have as good a position as possible in the orchestra. Here, in the Netherlands, I don’t know if I’m successful, but I’m happy to be alive, I’m happy I can share this joy with others. If this is success, then so be it. But ask me again in twenty years, maybe then I’ll think differently!”

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