I have already studied in the U.S. for more than a month; time goes faster day by day. Today I want to share my impressions, experiences, thoughts and observations about studying in the U.S.
My hometown, Chelyabinsk, is quite large (there are more than 1 million population).
My first experience with the surrounding area of Massachusetts was on the way from Logan Airport in Boston to Worcester. I was surprised; it was like if I’m driving on the highway somewhere here in the Chelyabinsk region! New England and my hometown are so similar in nature.
Worcester is a great place to study (Clark University is awesome!) and there are many leisure activities. Due to various internet sites we’ve learned about how to spend our free time here: where we can walk, what we can see, where it is better to keep our nose clean (just kidding :), where we can go shopping, etc. We traveled all over Worcester’s neighborhoods.
However, we weren’t in any park, so we’re going to visit Elm Park (thanks for the idea, Angela! :)
People in the U.S.
People are very friendly, always thoroughly polite and ready to help.
They are patient when you’re trying to explain your idea in English for a long time))
During my studying in the U.S., I’ve met very interesting people, both in the classes at master’s program and while traveling. First of all I’ve met good people at my internship in Clark’s Marketing and Communications Department. I am very grateful for the knowledge and experience they shared with me.
The climate is very mild. Summertime is wonderful.
For me the surprise was that the air conditioning systems are everywhere. In Russia air conditioning is an option for the offices. And more often than not it is in the off position and turned on during the hottest days, when the temperature rises above 25-30 degrees Celsius.
Cars and Drivers
I was surprised on my first day in the U.S. Arriving from the airport, I immediately went to “meet” the university :) In Russia I am responsible for the promotion of Clark University’s graduate programs almost for two years and, of course, I could not wait to visit the campus of the university.
Standing at the crossroads on Main St. I thought for a split second where it is more convenient to cross the road. It was a very busy intersection, there were a lot of cars going in all directions. But surprisingly, they are all stopped to let me pass as soon as I approached the road! It’s an impossible thing in Russia if there is no traffic light. Now I love the crossroads!
It is quite impossible to be in the U.S. without a car. I can not image an American family without a car. Do children go to school on foot? No. Do people go to a shop on foot? Again no! Do they go to work on foot? No!
My first attempt to buy something for the house explained this phenomenon. I simply must have a car! The distance to shops, banks, cinemas in Russia in comparison with the road to other similar places in the U.S. means that it will take 5-10 km to get anywhere. Will I go on the bus for bread, a bottle of milk and cereal? In Russia it is enough to go outside to buy something for breakfast/ lunch. I feel my dependence on a car here.
It’s an interesting fact that I can use for driving my driver’s license from Russia for one year.
Procedure of exam for a driver’s license is another difference. Here, you make an application, come and pass the theory exam, and then pass the driving test itself. You can do it on any car. In Russia it’s absolutely different. During at least three months you take classes tolearn traffic rules and practice in driving. If you don’t pass the driving test preparation at a special school, you will not be admitted to the final exam.
Some students from Russia who came to Clark for two semesters are now intensively learning the traffic rules and are going to pass an exam for a driver’s license soon. A driver’s license in the U.S. can be an identification document like the passport.
I was so surprised at how accurate the local drivers on the roads are. Of course, each case is different, but the overall situation on the roads is very quiet. I liked to go on the highway. If you’re in a hurry, you can take the left lane and if the car ahead of you is going slower than your car, the driver will give the way for you in the road and change the lane.
Excellent quality of roads! Driving brings endless fun.
It was a discovery for me that U.S. citizens do not need visas to travel to Europe or Canada. It’s so cool that they have the opportunity to travel around the world without spending time on the visa procedure (in Russia it takes a lot of time).
The location of our city is very good. (I notice that I often say “Our Worcester.”) Worcester is the second largest city in Massachusetts, after Boston. Thanks to the successful arrangement we were able to visit New York City, Boston, Cambridge, Newton, Newport, Bristol and other towns.
New York City - a huge, busy city that lives its own rhythm.
Boston - a pleasant city to live and rest with beautiful buildings and houses, pretty parks, interesting people.
Cambridge - a city of students and tourists at any time of the year. It reminded me of a European city. MIT and Harvard University are amazing!
Newport is charming. Beautiful houses that have preserved the spirit of old, well-maintained streets, many beaches and, of course, the Atlantic Ocean. A pleasant place to stay. We liked it.
I really liked Clark University. All is very beautiful and very cozy. I would especially like to mention about the Academic Commons at Goddard Library. It’s just a wonderful place. Here you can get away from the hustle and bustle, take advantage of library resources and just meet nice people.
And what number of different projects Clark University implements! It’s incredible!
For myself it was interesting to note how people work cohesively as a team, moving in the same direction. Everyone has their own circle of responsibilities, but each works to elevate Clark’s standing and reputation as a global university of consequence--in undergraduate and graduate education, transformative research and community partnerships, andwith prospective students, alumni, educators, public and private leaders, media , employers and foundations.
Dear Paula, Jim, Wendy, Jane, Angela, Deirdre, Melissa, Mike, Keith, Lorinda: Thank you for the opportunity to get that experience and work together with you.
I’d like to say that studying at Clark University in a COPACE master’s program is a very good opportunity for each graduate student. The main thing is not to sit still, you should learn, communicate, travel, take part in different interesting projects for Clarkies. All is in the hands of the student!
“Challenge Convention. Change Our World.”