Viktor Gazik

Viktor Gazik

Name: Viktor Gazik
Age: 21
Major: Double major in Economics and Finance
College: Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship
Hometown: Bojnice, Slovakia
High School: Vavrinec Benedikt Nedozersky High School, Prievidza, Slovakia 

I received an invitation to study in the U.S. from the chess program manager, and I found the opportunity to be quite intriguing. It would be a new experience as I have never been to the U.S. I am excited to explore a new country and gain new perspectives during my studies.

What made you decide on your current major?
While I am excited about the opportunity to study in the U.S., I also wanted to pursue a degree that would have universal applications, regardless of where I ultimately decide to settle. I believe that a degree in Economics and Finance would be highly beneficial in this regard, as it can lead to diverse career opportunities across various industries.

What do you hope to achieve beyond completion of your major?
I enjoy engaging with my hobbies, such as reading, history, geography, politics, and playing chess (I am currently a member of the UTRGV Chess Team). In addition to my studies, I hope to continue to develop my interests in these fields and to strike a balance between my academic and personal pursuits.

What do you like most about UTRGV?
Apart from the free-roaming ducks on the Brownsville campus (I really like them), the professors are a major asset at the UTRGV. Their knowledge and enthusiastic approach.

What opportunities has UTRGV helped you find throughout your community?
I am proud to be a part of the UTRGV Chess Team, a multicultural community of interesting people who enjoy spending time playing chess and organizing chess tournaments. It's a wonderful opportunity for me to connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures, all while pursuing my passion for the game.

What advice do you have for fellow students pursuing their degrees?
I do not consider myself to be a good enough student to give advice (grades are not a measurement of how much a person is learning). However, when I miss a deadline or mess up something, I advise taking a breath and playing a “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” song.