Academic life is full of «fun,» as they say in America, and if you are serious about your studies, then «fun» means «challenging.» In the dormitory where I live, the expression «small world» has concrete meaning: just walking down the corridor you can meet Brazilians, Indians, Greeks, and Koreans. Living in an international dorm is the one of the greatest experiences you can have. A few weeks after the beginning of semester, the barriers among languages just fall. It is a great feeling to work on a class project together with a group of people from different countries and backgrounds.
«I hope you are socializing well,» wrote one of my friends in a letter. Yes, with new people and new cultures. There are so many ways to «get involved» (another local expression), through the many student organizations, such as the Student Council, the Muslim Student Organization, or even the Global Friends of Japan, where members are bowing in a friendly welcome. Now I totally advocate the idea that the best way to learn your own culture better is to go abroad. New people, new cultures, new opportunities: enriching, empowering, and exciting!
Marta Kondratyuk from Kirovohrad State Pedagogical University is in the Master’s Program in Comparative Literature at State University of New-York, Stony Brook (2004–2006). The year 2004 was a turning point in my academic career. I received a Fulbright Graduate Student Fellowship and became a graduate student of the Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies Department at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. The award sponsored my twoyear study (2004–2006) towards a Master of Arts degree in Comparative Literature. Prior to the application I had been a graduate student (aspirant) of the Ukrainian Literature Department at Kirovohrad State Pedagogical University. My dissertation project dealt with contemporary Ukrainian novels of multiple temporalities. While scrutinizing seven novels through a contentform lens, I often wondered how the subgenre manifests itself in other national literatures, how it fits into a postmodern theoretical framework, and what alternative methodological approaches can be employed in analyzing it. My M.A. thesis is devoted to the transformations within the historical novel genre in postmodern conditions in general, and to split-time novels in particular. Stony Brook enrolls 22,355 students. The faculty-student ratio is about one faculty member for every 14 students. My two Stony Brook academic years (2004–2006) have turned out to be a challenging, stimulating, enriching, and enjoyable time for me.
The SUNY atmosphere has been very challenging because it has encouraged me to be proactive: I attended a number of public lectures, participated in graduate students’ colloquia, and observed undergraduate classes. This extracurricular activity enriched me professionally and personally.
Olena Kovtun from Horlivka Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages is a Fulbright student at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Master’s Program in Educational Administration (2004–2006). She writes: «Hello. My name is Olena Kovtun, and I am from Ukraine. I understand that you probably know geography better than I do and will easily find it on the map ... I came to the United States as a Fulbright scholar and would like to
Published on Jun 18, 2006
The 2005 Yearbook includes a short description of projects for this year by Ukrainian and American Fulbright scholars, which will be useful...