First, one year of Prep-course, then two years of A-level programme. I studied economics, russian language, mathematics and took exams on all of those.
Where are you learning right now?
At Durham University in Great Britain. I study Accounting and Finance.
Why did you choose this University and that programme?
I have always been interested in economics, and at first i planned to work in this area. Later when i started to attend Open Days at universities, i talked to the professors, learned more about each programme and understood that it’s much more interesting for me to study Finance, because this speciality is in great demand.
Were you always planning on getting in british universities or were you considering studying in Russia as well other countries?
I was considering getting in one of Russia’s universities, because i was not completely confident. I took SATs and even enrolled in different universities but then i got an acceptance letter from Durham and decided to go there.
And in Britain were you enrolling only in Durham?
No, also in Surrey, Exeter, Lancaster, Bristol.
What’s your favorite subject?
That’s a hard question. Mainly it depends on the professor and what he does to make his subject interesting. I like everything that i study, but more than anything – Management Accounting and Finance.
Что тебя больше всего удивило, когда ты переехала в Британию? Может быть, не удивило, но порадовало или расстроило? What surprised you the most when you’ve arrived in Britain?
Frankly it was a bit different from what i expected. I thought that all the guys would be from different countries and it would be harder for me to make friends. But everything turned out to be simple: we all live together in our dorm almost as a family. Speaking of education i was pleased that first quarter of the programme was basically what i have learned in London Gates A-level course, so that really helped me to adapt and socialize.
How was your first day in Durham?
First day was pretty hard. I came into an empty room, where i was supposed to live and i had to go on the run to different stores buying everything from frying pans to bedsheets. And in afternoon our College organised Quiznight for international students.
What things you had to learn in Britain?
Firstly – cooking! And to be more tolerant, because i meet people of different nationalities, cultures, and everyone has his habits and characteristics, that may be alien to us and i learn to accept them. Speaking of education i had to keep up with the new rhythm – my schedule consists of 2-3 hours of classes a day, so at first that’s a bit underwhelming but then i came to the conlcusion that i can put my free time to use.
What’s your favorite place in Durham?
Franky speaking i don’t live in Durham, our University has 2 campuses, one that i study in is located in small town one hour away from Durham. Durham itself is a beautiful old town with a Cathedral chruch in which we had our inititation. Durham is a typical british university city.
With whom do you hang out and study?
There are several russian students in my campus, but mostly i’m friends with foreigners from different countries: India, Italy, Kazakhstan and Britain. I really like our multinational collective, because we are all different and everyone brings something to our group, but at the same time we are alike in many things. Almost all of my buddies are in my class, so we practically spend all the time together.
What do you miss the most?
Of course my friends and family. Also i miss my old way of living a little bit, when i knew what’s happening and i had less resposibility on my shoulders.
Can you give a piece of advice to A-level students?
Study! It is much easier to study subjects in University when you have been preparing for A-level exams on said subjects before. When you prepare for A-level exams you’ve got much more time for each topic, you are able to get additional consultations. Also do your homework, you can be really sorry when you’re just 2 points away from achieving your dream. Studying at London Gates helped me a lot: constant communication in English helped me with socializing in new environment. Also i found out the characteristics of British Education, learned how to write essays, which are assigned at almost every subject.