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Four transfer offers to major in Film and Television Production

8 January, 2018

Mariya Lavrova from Ukraine has been studying with Kings New York at Concordia College, and received transfer offers from four schools to study Film and Television Production. We spoke to her about her experience as a student in the USA so far.

Hi Mariya. Where are you from, and why did you decide to come to study in the U.S.?
I am from Ukraine's capital city, Kiev. My decision to come to the U.S. was very spontaneous. Originally, I planned to study theater in Russia, but due to various circumstances that didn't work out. So, I decided to come to the U.S. for high school. I studied in The New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. After taking a break for a semester, I started at Concordia College in New York last spring.

What did you like about studying at Concordia College?
It has a small community that feels like a family. Because it's so small, you get to know all your teachers and the students on campus, so it feels like a home. It was nice to be in a place with so much diversity that didn't have thousands of people. You can come from anywhere in the world and find someone who can relate to you and your situation.

What is your major, and what do you like about it?
My major is Film & Television and I want to be a director and producer in the film industry in the future. I like how fast things change with film. In the 21st century, the New Media field is changing every 20 seconds, so you have to keep studying and developing through your whole career.

Where did you get offers for admissions? Have you decided where you will transfer?
I got accepted to four schools: New York Institute of Technology, Savannah College of Art and Design, Columbia College Chicago and Boston University.

I'm still deciding between Columbia College Chicago and Boston University. Chicago is my 'dream city', where I wanted to live when I came to the U.S. but Boston University is very strong and Boston would also be a great place to live. So I am currently looking at all the pieces. Whatever decision I make, I am very happy to have been admitted to all these schools.

How did Kings help you with your transfer applications?
Coming from another country with different rules and academic standards, it would have been more painful and time consuming without Kings. I'm not sure I would even get accepted because it takes so long to figure out how everything works in the U.S. For example, The Common Application is hard for everyone, but especially for international students. My advisor Chris really helped me craft my essays to express fully what I intended to say.

Any words of advice to other students who want to study in the U.S.?
We are all the same. We are all afraid. We don’t know anyone here. We don't speak the language. It's a completely different world. But everyone is here to help. Don't be shy. Ask questions. Feel free to speak with everyone. And be prepared for a long and bumpy road. If you are goal-oriented, you should be fine.