On the fifth of May I received an email where was such a fabulous news - I was selected as a Global UGRAD finalist! So, I want to tell what I did for that and how interesting and sometimes hard it was.
Firstly, few words about this program. Global UGRAD is a program supported by World Learning organization and people of the United States. The main purpose of it is cultural and educational exchange between USA and other European or Asian countries as Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan and so on. So, finalists of this program will spend one semester in university or college in the US. This program covers all costs for plane tickets, living, education, food and etc. I found that program by myself in the Internet. "Why not?" - I asked myself and decided to send my application there.
Application contains different parts, including general information about you, two recommendation letters (for example, from your advisor or professor), your official transcripts, portfolio, and the main part - two essays 600 words each. Question for the first essay is "Why would you be a great candidate for the Global UGRAD?" The main thing you should do is to write honestly about your strong and weak points, your dreams and experience. For the second essay you should choose from the proposed list a phrase of some famous person of the US and explain how you understand it. Seems to be hard, isn't it? Actually, it's not at all. All you should do is to tell about your experience in the context of a phrase.
When I completed my application it was a waiting time. Two or three weeks later after a deadline I had a call from the American embassy in Russia. Person invited me for the Skype interview - the second step to my dream! So, I began to prepare again.
There were three women on the interview, one of them was American. Questions they asked me, were about me, my dreams, my essays and my area of study. Interview was about 10-15 minutes, after that they said to me to wait for the final decision. I was so nervous!
For the first time they called me with some disappointing news - I wasn't selected. They thanked me for the interest in the program and recommended to try the next year. However, I had another call in two weeks. They congratulated me with my selection as an alternative candidate, so, the next step is very important and hard - the TOEFL.
Unfortunately, I had only three weeks to prepare for it. It seemed to me absolutely boring (scientific text everywhere, sometimes they were absolutely dull) but I keep study hard because I had a very good motivation. To participate in the program I had to take 61/120 points. My final result is 93/120. Not bad but I think I could have more if I would have more time. So, nervous waiting again! Finally, I received an email and there, oh my god, information, that I am the finalist! I was so happy!
From this experience I learned that everything is possible and everything is in your hands, the main thing is the ability to dream. Now I am so exited and can't wait to join my long trip!
English language department in the sphere of Medicine and Bioengineering sincerely congratulates Alexander on his success and wishes him all the best for the future!
Александр Никаньшин, 2 курс, гр.07-401, старший преподаватель
кафедры английского языка с сфере медицины и биоинженерии