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The Importance of Keeping Your Options Open When Applying: Roz's Story

Roz took part in the Undergraduate Intensive English Language Study Program, and wrote in to tell us about the experience.

I took a crash course at USU [Utah State University] last summer. Great, unforgettable and amazing time I had there, and I wish I could return there again, even though Utah is far from my country :)

The program I applied [to was] called "Undergraduate Intensive English Language Study Program," sponsored by the U.S. Government. I was one of the first participants of the program, among 4 other students from Uzbekistan. It was kind of a gift for me because I would have never know about this program if I hadn't been known with one of the [EducationUSA] program coordinators. That person helped me a lot in realizing my dream about studying in the States.

He recommended me to take part in that program whereas I had already applied for another program, UGRAD. I applied to UIELSP just [out of] respect to that person because back then I concentrated on only UGRAD program. Turned out, I failed from UGRAD but passed successfully from UIELSP :)

My friends call me Roz in America. This is what i like about America, because you live in a country where you can do things that you like [as long as they are legal activities].

Even though I studied there [only] two months, I improved my interpersonal, and language skills. After coming back to my country I started implementing my experience here: volunteering, diplomatic behavior, appreciating others' attempts and supporting them at least morally, and etc. To be helpful is a very pleasant feeling and now I understand better why the United States tries to help other countries

My culture shock...I'm still hazy on this point since everything was strange, but not new. Because things depicted on TV were right there, despite the fact that I saw them for real. And I can tell that not everything is the same as they are depicted.

For example, before I used to think that Americans have two or three children in their family at maximum; but it turned out it's not that true. I studied in Utah, where lots of people go to Mormon churches. And Mormons have more than 4 kids in family, and they get married so early, sometimes even at their 18th [birthday]. It was so surprising for me....

Maybe this is what people call 'Culture shock'?!

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