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Interview: Cornelia Gastzner

08/19/2019 |

Cornelia Gastzner passed the higher education entrance qualification this year and is applying for the joint degree programme Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering of TU Graz and University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.

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You are looking to study Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering at the TU Graz? Why?

Cornelia Gastzner: Mathematics and physics have always been a lot of fun for me. Moreover, I really love to play cello and piano. I cannot imagine a life without music, and I want to continue to be involved with music at University and later in my professional life. The degree programme Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering is therefore the perfect combination for me, since it includes both the field of engineering as well as music.

What was your favourite subject at school and why?

Cornelia Gastzner: My interests are very broad, so my favourite subject at school changed daily depending on the topic. Sometimes it was drawing, sometimes German, and at other times mathematics and physics. Really, the common thread throughout all my favourite subjects is the fact that independent thinking and crazy and creative ideas have a place there.

What should someone who studies Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering be able to do well?

Cornelia Gastzner: In my opinion, it is important to be able to think logically, but also to have a well-trained ear. And you should bring some creativity and curiosity to the job. Especially when it comes to developing new products and ideas or initiating innovative changes, it is necessary to be able to think outside the box. In this case, the technology as well as the music box.

In which every day object do you think there is a lot of electrical engineering?

Cornelia Gastzner: I think electrical engineering can actually be found in every corner of the home, from the hand blender in the kitchen to the mobile phone and the car. Thinking specifically about the areas of Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering, microphones and computers mostly come to mind when I think of everyday life.

In which area would you like to work in the future?

Cornelia Gastzner: I do not want to commit myself to a specific area yet because I want to keep an open mind. For me, that's what makes this degree programme so special: I can get to know different areas of the professional field and perhaps discover new interests or further develop existing ones. Once I graduate, I can then decide for myself which path to take.

Where do you get the best information about your degree programme and TU Graz?

Cornelia Gastzner: I was desperately looking for a degree at the interface between technology and music. Then I discovered this degree programme on the TU Graz website. I found general information there and then did some further research on the internet. Since I wanted to get an impression of TU Graz, I also came to the Open Day.

Do you already know Graz? How do you like the city? Or rather, what is your idea of Graz as your new home base during your studies?

Cornelia Gastzner: I have been to Graz several times already and have always felt very comfortable here. I was particularly impressed by the parks in the city and the good atmosphere. Unlike Vienna, Graz seems more manageable. Even before I knew what I wanted to study, I knew that I’d like to study in Graz. The only downside for me is that commuting to Graz is a little complicated. But I can live with that.


Studying electrical engineering at TU Graz:
Bachelor’s Degree Programme Electrical Engineering
Bachelor’s Degree Programme Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering

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