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(APU Student/Kyrgyz)

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My dream, which has been with me for longer than I can remember, is to work in academics and eventually become a professor. Creating knowledge, developing new ideas, and contributing to global education have always been my main interests. Isn’t it fascinating, how much we already know and how much more there is to discover?

Even though graduation is right around the corner, it still feels so far away. My main plan is to continue my learning journey in graduate school. Currently, the academic discipline closest to my heart is political theory. During my time at APU, I got lucky enough to take various classes and lectures on this topic, and I hope to learn even more in the future.

I have several plans for my studies and student life in APU for my junior and senior years.
First of all, I want to try working as a TA. I think it is an important experience for someone who wants to have a career in academia. Working as a TA will allow me to learn how to prepare materials and study guides for lectures, interact with students, and support them throughout the course. And overall, I think it is a valuable and unique experience that can be obtained only at university.

Next on the list is an internship. It isn't just a box to check off my to-do list; it's a crucial stepping stone in my personal and professional development. In my opinion, internships provide a hands-on experience that textbooks simply cannot replicate. Taking classes, listening to lectures, and reading textbooks are undeniably important parts of education; however, applying these theories and understanding how they work in a real-world setting is a game-changer. Internships offer a practical playground where I can test my knowledge, learn from professionals, and see how far I have gone in my studies.

One more thing that I want to do before graduation, is participate in Multicultural Week.
If TA work and internships are general university experiences, taking part in Multicultural Weeks seems like a strictly APU opportunity. Since coming to APU as a second-year transfer student, I was immediately immersed in the academics, trying to learn as much as possible since I had less time than other students. I was so focused on my studies that I completely missed out on many social and cultural opportunities that APU has. Multicultural Weeks give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a foreign culture: try new food, music, and dances.
A lot of my friends come from all over the world, and I would appreciate it if I had the chance to experience their culture through participating in Multicultural Weeks.

After coming to APU, my life has changed drastically. I was born and brought up in a small country in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan. And even though I feel nothing but love towards my hometown, it was too small for me to grow and improve. I think I have changed more after spending less than a year here in Japan, than 21 years living in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Coming to Japan has been my biggest dream since childhood. Since coming here, I have been able to travel around Japan, visit new places, meet new people, and try new food. Japan has a unique culture and traditions which I have had a chance to immerse myself in. Moreover, I was able to improve my Japanese by using it in my day-to-day life. I am still far from being fluent in Japanese, but I will not stop taking every opportunity to practice and learn more.

Living in Japan as an international student is not just about studying; it's about immersing oneself in a beautiful tapestry of experiences. APU, on the other hand, differs from the rest of the country. In my opinion, what makes APU so different is the people here. Students come from all over the world, bringing their culture, language, experience, views, and opinions.
Engaging with a diverse community of students from around the world has exposed me to different perspectives and ideas. For me, APU isn't just about studying; it's about embracing a world of opportunities and building friendships that make this journey unforgettable.

I am deeply grateful for the opportunities I was given and want to thank the donors, who made my current life possible. It is hard to imagine how different my life could have been if I had not come to APU. Here I have met incredible people, experienced various cultures, and visited beautiful places. Thanks to the donors, I got a chance to gain experience as an international student, that has not only expanded my academic horizons but has also equipped me with valuable life skills, creating memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

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