It's an amazing feeling when you find out that you are going somewhere different, It’s such a great feeling of great achievement when you realize that you’ve been there for almost a year..and after all that time you feel in a new place like at home…
In 2007 I was awarded a fellowship for the Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program to study in the US for a year. I’ve been doing a lot of international stuff before (International MUN Conferences in China and Switzerland, Students' Conference in Japan, learning world economy and international relations in my University in Khabarovsk). But this time the experience was very different: it was an academic year of speaking different language, living over the oceans away from my family and friends, eating different food and sharing a room with an international roommate.. Sounds like a challenge, huh? But what experience I got there outweighs all those fears and doubts you might have before going to study abroad…
So I went to US, Mississippi State…
I had a chance to learn a very interesting and unique culture!
I was given a great opportunity to experience studies in an american college!
I was happy to share information about MY culture!
And I contributed to local community!
(repairing a house suffered in Hurricane Katrina, Gulfport, MS)
And I was able to visite so many interesting places and to make so many friends!!!
I will remember that time for the rest of my life! And if you are thinking about going to study abroad and still hesitating, please don't! This kind of experience made me wiser and more open-minded. And the experience I've got is of a great value for me and people around me! Now I realize how much I want to do and I know I can do it!So, take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go!
With kind regards,
Elvira Gayfullina, Khabarovsk State Academy of Economics and law