Sven Hojs: student athlete of the Media Production study programme

Graphic Design

Sven Hojs is a student at Academia, with the status of a prospective  athlete. He is enrolled in the Media Production study programme, the Graphic Design module. Sven is professionally active in martial arts, more specifically in kickboxing and taekwondo. 

He has achieved excellent results in both disciplines:

In taekwondo:

  • 1st place at the European Cup in Budapest, Hungary,
  • 2nd place at the World Championships in Dublin, Ireland,
  • 3rd place at the World Championships in Inzell, Germany,
  • 3rd place at the World Championships in Maribor.

In kickboxing :

  • 1st place at the World Championships in Dublin, Ireland,
  • 1st place at the World Cup in Innsbruck, Austria,
  • 1st place at the European Cup in Karlovac, Croatia,
  • 3rd place at the European Championships in Gyor, Hungary,
  • 3rd place at the European Championships in San Sebastian, Spain.

His parents motivated him to take up a sport. As a child, they wanted to get him involved in sports, and at the same time a Taekwondo club opened in their hometown, which Sven later joined. He is currently a member of the national team and his main goal in the near future is to win medals at the highest competitions in his disciplines.

Sven’s normal working days have changed a lot during the Covid-19 pandemic, and it became harder to coordinate with other training partners. He used to train twice a day. Now, due to measures against the spread of infectious diseases, competitions have been stopped and he trains once per day, every day except Sundays. So his day starts with a healthy breakfast and in the morning he takes care of his study commitments. This is followed by lunch, after that he attends lectures. After the lectures, he does his regular workout routine and slowly finishes the day.

On Saturdays, when there are no lectures, he trains in the morning and spends half of the day resting. On Sundays, part of his day is devoted to his studies and the rest towards active recovery (stretching, jogging or cycling).

Why did you choose to study at Academia and how did you choose a study programme?

In the 4th year of high school I got interested in graphic design. After a short research, I realized that the Academia would give me an appropriate education to pursue this profession.

How do you balance your sport and study commitments?

I usually take the time for my studies in the morning and train in the afternoon. Now, during the pandemic, this is still possible. During regular circumstances, due to competitions and training, there is much less time for studying.

What do you think is the advantage of athletes when it comes to studying?

Athletes know how much effort it takes to succeed and to form work habits.

After completing his studies, Sven wants to remain an active professional athlete, but also wants to pursue a career as a graphic designer.

He advises other students at Academia to dedicate at least one hour per day to themselves and to do something for their body. Without a healthy body, the concentration that is needed for studying, drops.

ACADEMIA IS THE FIRST COLLEGE OF SHORT-CYCLE HIGHER EDUCATION TO RECIEVE THE CERTIFICATE FOR THE DEVELOPED APPROACH TOWARDS DUAL CAREER ENCOURAGEMENT AND FOR PROVIDING ATHLETE-FRIENDLY EDUCATION

The Executive board of the Olympic Committee of Slovenia – Association of Sports Federations granted Academia, College of Short-Cycle Higher Education the Certificate for the developed approach towards dual career encouragement and for providing athlete-friendly education, after an Expert group evaluation for the Certificate of athletic-friendly education.

After the proposal of the Certified athletic-friendly education expert group and the Specialist council for elite sport, the decision was passed on the 16th regular session of the Executive board of the Olympic Committee on the 4th of February 2021.

With this Certificate, Academia ensures the fulfillment of terms  for a developed approach toward encouraging dual career realization and for providing athlete-friendly education.

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