Working hard and achieving university transfer success
Kateryna Kzhamanovska from Ukraine completed two years in the Kings Education program at Concordia College New York. After achieving an incredibly high GPA and building her student profile with a variety of on campus and volunteer activities, Kate has been accepted to Boston University (#34), Fordham University (#61) and Pace University (with scholarship). While she is still waiting on admissions decisions for several other universities, we were able to speak with her about her experiences studying in New York with Kings.
Hi Kate. What are you currently studying?
I am studying Media and Communications at Concordia College, New York.
What made you want to study abroad to pursue your degree?
I like the diversity and better opportunities offered in New York. I wanted to do something on my own. In Ukraine, I knew my parents could help me take care of business. But I didn't want them to do everything for me, so I wanted to do something for myself.
What are your plans or goals after graduation?
I want to work with a charity, and I think that my degrees will help me to show people some aspects of life they do not usually see. With this, I can help some other people.
Why did you choose to study at Kings Concordia?
It was a preparation for New York because we are only thirty minutes away. I am not in the city every day, but I had a chance to observe the city and figure out what I want to study, if I want to stay in the city or move, etc.
What is your favorite class, why do you like it?
My favorite classes were probably Business of New Media and News Production. We had a chance to choose our own projects and processes. I worked with my partner on this project, and no one helped us really, so I liked the idea of how we had to figure everything out ourselves. In New Media, I liked that some professionals from the New Media sphere came to class and we had a chance to talk with them and gain some knowledge from their fields.
What class do you find more challenging, and why?
Intro to Probability & Statistics, because it was in my first semester and I didn't totally understand all the terms in English. I was the only Freshman in my class, and everyone else was in their third or fourth year. I liked being in that class, because it showed me I can work hard and by studying, I can do well. I ended up with an A in the class.
In order for you to get to your dream school, how did Kings staff guide you through the process?
First of all, by showing us which schools are what, and where they are, and how things are arranged there. They also let me ask a lot of questions and helped with my essay. I feel good when someone cares for me or they are happy when I got in or when there is something good in my life in terms of education. I feel like Kings was my family because I was always able to talk about my courses or some problems and difficulties.
Which student activity did you enjoy the most?
I liked Social Work club because I like to do social work. We were able to go to some shelters and raise some money on campus. We fed homeless people and people who didn’t have the basic needs, so we were able to provide something for them.
What is your favorite part of living in NY?
I like New York City because I just love the feeling that my problems are not as big as they seem. From New York to Bronxville, I like that within 30 minutes, you can be in a very green environment. To me it feels more like home than in Manhattan.
Is there anything you wish you'd prepared before starting school?
I wish I could have understood that I should not give up. At the beginning of my studies I had difficulties with all my classes. I started to give up, but I learned how to make it better. The other thing is it’s important to communicate with professors. They are here to help, not here to judge. In Ukraine, there is a feeling that professors judge students sometimes, but in the U.S., there is more a culture of supporting students.