Interview with 2017 Alumnae: Daria Suraeva

May 5, 2023

Daria Suraeva first came to AIS-Salzburg in 2014 and graduated in 2017. Since graduating, Daria has remained in Salzburg, studying at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg. In this interview, we check in with Daria to see how life is going since graduating.  

AIS-Salzburg: What have you done academically since graduating from AIS-Salzburg?

Daria: Since graduating from AIS-Salzburg, I pursued a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science. I then decided to pivot towards a career in data science and am currently completing a master’s degree in that field.

AIS-Salzburg: Are there any personal accomplishments since graduating that you want to share?

Daria: Ohhh, there were many different stages and diverse experiences. In a few words: I am particularly proud of my work in the development of a travel startup, where I was able to use my business acumen and analytical skills to help the company grow. Additionally, I worked on a concept for the development of the city of Salzburg, which was a rewarding experience and allowed me to contribute to my community. I was a member of a group of young experts and we developed a city strategy for the next 25 years and eventually defended our version of the concept in front of parliament. 

After that, I decided to move more in the business and data analysis direction, and now I work for one of the world’s biggest German e-commerce companies in the business intelligence domain.

AIS-Salzburg: What were the major factors in your decision to attend a small private boarding school in Austria?

Daria: I chose to attend a small private boarding school in Austria for several reasons, including the opportunity to study abroad and immerse myself in a different culture, the small class sizes.

AIS-Salzburg: What did you enjoy about going to such a small international school?

Daria: I enjoyed the close-knit community and personalized attention from the teachers that a small international school provided.

AIS-Salzburg: What is your fondest memory or memories of attending AIS-Salzburg?

Daria: My fondest memories of attending AIS-Salzburg are the relationships that I formed with my classmates and the international community. I am grateful to many of my classmates and also to everyone with whom fate brought me together at this school, without whose creativity it would be hard to live in a serious mode of our school (take the last part with due humor please).  I also have fond memories of the weekend activity program, which allowed us to explore and appreciate the natural beauty of Austria.

AIS-Salzburg: Were there any teachers who made a major positive impact on your life?

Daria: There were several teachers at AIS-Salzburg who made a major impact on me, including my history, maths and environmental science teachers. They challenged me academically and helped me develop critical thinking skills that have been invaluable in my further education and professional life.   I also remember the non-curricular part of schooling. Thanks to Mr. Burns for the opportunity to practice basketball and even a little more. He always tried to make our competitions and trips memorable events.

AIS-Salzburg: Were there any teachers who made a major positive impact on your life?

Daria: The rigorous academic program at AIS-Salzburg, coupled with the focus on cultural immersion and international education, has been instrumental in my success both academically and professionally. The emphasis on critical thinking and effective communication has also been invaluable in my career.

AIS-Salzburg: Do you have any advice for students at AIS-Salzburg ?

Daria: My advice for students at AIS-Salzburg would be to take advantage of all the opportunities that the school has to offer. This includes participating in outdoor education programs, clubs and organizations, and cultural events. It is also important to develop relationships with your teachers and classmates, as they will be a valuable source of support and guidance throughout your academic journey. Lastly, be open to new experiences and perspectives, as they will shape you into a more well-rounded individual.  School time is just another stage in life. One of many stages, spend it productively (be careful with multitasking) and have fun!