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Мой Clark! (My Clark!)

I am one of 23 Russian students who came to the U.S. to study. Watch for news on this blog! I will write about everything: classes, travelling around USA and other interesting facts.
Oct 10 '13

Now we are graduates of two Universities! Hooray! :)

On October 1, 2013 there was the 2nd Clark University master’s diploma ceremony in South Ural State University (Chelyabinsk, Russia).

There were a lot of people atthe ceremony: officials, relatives, friends. Everybody came to say congratulations to all the graduates.

The ceremony began at 13:00 as planned. The day before it was announced Otto Hans Van Maerssen, the U.S. Consul General in Yekaterinburg would be coming to the ceremony . Also present  were: Kristina Hayden, USA Vice-consul for Culture, Press and Education, Tom Massey, Clark University COPACE,  Dean and Royce Anderson, Executive Director of ICW, as well as officials from the South Ural State University and ASU.

After a brief opening statement from each of the guests the ceremony began.

Well, of course the ceremony couldn’t be complete with throwing our graduation hats in the air :)

In the evening we all gathered at the banquet, where we had a wonderful time sitting and talking in a casual setting.

Thank you all for coming and for sharing our joy and success.

First of all we would like to thank all the organizers of this master’s program for this unique opportunity - to be a Clarkie. Thanks Clark University, South Ural State University, Astrakhan State University. We became graduates only because of the successful partnership of these three universities.

We also want to thank our professors for all their help and knowledge. The classes were interesting. We’ve learnt a lot and had a lot of fun!

During this master’s program we’ve met lots of interesting people and made new friends. During studying for semesters in United States we were like a family — it is impossible to imagine yourself without your classmates.

We’d like to thank our parents and families for their great support, patience and understanding. We do love you very much!

We had lots of impressions during the program. We mastered our English; we gained priceless experience in Informational Technologies and Marketing, we found an opportunity for self-realization. This program wants us to be active, to ask questions and generate new ideas, which someday can help us to change the world.

We wish this program all the luck and hope that it is going to attract more and more graduates in the years to come.

In other words — welcome to our master’s program!

Sep 27 '13
The 2nd Clark University master’s diploma ceremony in South Ural State University (Chelyabinsk, Russia)
Grand ceremony of master’s diploma awarding to the graduates of Clark University and SUSU joint master’s program is planned next week.
The event takes place on October, 1 in SUSU Main building. Alexander Shestakov, Rector of SUSU and Thomas Massey, COPACE Dean from Clark University coming  from the USA to take part in the Ceremony as well as his colleague Royce Anderson, Executive Director of ICW,  are going to award diplomas to students.
Also we have a special guest of the event. It is Kristina Hayden, USA Vice-consul for Culture, Press and Education, USA Consulate General in Yekaterinburg. 
We invite everyone to Master’s diploma ceremony at 13:00 on October 1, office 1007 of SUSU Main building  (10th floor).

Event report with a lot of photos with diplomas  will attach here ;)

The 2nd Clark University master’s diploma ceremony in South Ural State University (Chelyabinsk, Russia)

Grand ceremony of master’s diploma awarding to the graduates of Clark University and SUSU joint master’s program is planned next week.

The event takes place on October, 1 in SUSU Main building. Alexander Shestakov, Rector of SUSU and Thomas Massey, COPACE Dean from Clark University coming  from the USA to take part in the Ceremony as well as his colleague Royce Anderson, Executive Director of ICW,  are going to award diplomas to students.

Also we have a special guest of the event. It is Kristina Hayden, USA Vice-consul for Culture, Press and Education, USA Consulate General in Yekaterinburg.

We invite everyone to Master’s diploma ceremony at 13:00 on October 1, office 1007 of SUSU Main building  (10th floor).

Event report with a lot of photos with diplomas  will attach here ;)

Sep 27 '13

Fall News. Events of the last days at Clark and life after coming back to Russia

Finally, I have the opportunity to write about what happened to me over the almost two months since my last post on blog.
The last days of studying in summer semester at Clark were very busy. It is a feature of almost all students, we slept no more than two-three hours a day during last days of the summer session. It is the result of the fact that my classmates and I have left the biggest part of our homework assignments and final projects in the nick of time :) But everything finished well. I passed all the projects in on time and had some time in Worcester to spend with my friends who stayed in the U.S. unlike me. It was a very sad moment because we weren’t sure about the period of time (months or years) when we could meet again. I was flying back home, some of them were staying to continue their education at Clark; others were moving to different states as education was over and OPT (Optional Practical Training) period started.
It was August 15, the last day of summer semester in Clark. Luckily we didn’t have any classes that day. For me it also was a day of completing all the tasks at internship. I would say it again. I was awfully sad to say goodbye to all my friends and good people who I met during this summer ;)
As far as I could remember that day was very sunny and warm, and we decided to have a walk around campus because we tried to wait until the last moment to pack.
Most Russian students stayed for the fall semester at Clark University, but my friend, students from Poland (funny guys whom we become friends while studying in Clark) and I left Worcester one by one those last few days.
In the evening our Russian friends, who finished their education in winter, came over. We had farewell party and, thevnext morning, we went to Logan International Airport in Boston.
It so happened that when I was buying return-ticket I didn’t notice my connecting flight times which resulted in long period of waiting the flight from New York to Moscow (more than 24 hours). So I didn’t waste time in JFK airport I left my huge luggage in a baggage room and went to the city light-handed. Not far from the Times Square I had an appointment with my friend living in NYC.
While going to my friend I came across a two-story M&M’s World shop, and couldn’t but drop into it :)
I hadn’t seen such a selection of candies before! Firstly, I took candies for my colleague and my little sister in such amount that I couldn’t bring it then I remembered my luggage, which was difficult to pack, dropped a sigh, and took a half of candies out.
My New York friend and I went through Manhattan inside out! It was really great as you didn’t have to hurry and you had time to enjoy the beauty of night city: skyscrapers, bright lights, appealing shop windows on 5th Ave, Chrysler building from Madison Ave.
In the morning before my flight to Moscow was scheduled to take off, we went to Central Park, which I didn’t have an opportunity to visit during my previous trips to New York.
Central Park is an amazing place! A couple of hours weren’t enough to go through the whole Park but it was enough to enjoy wonderful landscape in the very center of New York.
Walking down the streets of New York I completely forgot to check the time and came to JFK for registration to the flight as a latecomer :) However I managed to register in time, I checked in luggage, left my handbag on the shelf in the airplane, fastened seatbelts, then there were some safety instructions and we finally took off. The long 9-hour flight surprisingly seemed to pass faster. I was flying with a very interesting person - a man from Moscow who crossed the USA from California to Florida, staying in big cities going sightseeing, for three weeks by car. Interrupting each other during 9 hours of flight we shared our impression of the time spent in the USA. Naturally, I spoke about the Clark University and my master’s program, which interested my fellow-traveller a lot ;)
After arriving to Moscow I had to wait for 3 hours for my next flight to Chelyabinsk. It was one more flight before I could find myself at home!
Let me describe my first emotions… Well! Confusing. My home city met me with rain and cool weather but with joy screams in the waiting hall and a huge bunch of flowers in my bag-free hand as well.
There were 40 sleepless hours. It was a long way from Worcester to Chelyabinsk, 2 days, several thousand of kilometers, hundreds of faces, dialogues and meetings… I fell asleep immediately.
But I had trouble sleeping :) It was really difficult to wake up in the morning to go to my job because of the fact that it was night in the USA and vice versa when I needed to go to bed I was really energetic. I was jet-lagged for about a week.
Firstly, I met my friend, who is a Clark master’s program alumnus. When we met each other we started laughing as we were dressed in the same t-shirts with the words “Clark University” without any talking to each other first. Clark University graduates think alike :)
Everyone in the office was happy about my return. I was telling them about my summer in Clark with great pleasure and got straight down to business as there were a lot of things to do. During my last days in the U.S. I bought a lot of souvenirs with Clark logos in the Clark University Bookstore such as a cup, pens, notebooks, files and notepads. Before my leaving my friends gave me a present, a photo with our first weekend in Boston. I put it by my desk and every time I see it I remember my wonderful time spent in the USA, studying in Clark and my internship in Clark University Office of Marketing and Communications.
A graduate once said: “Clark is more than just a University. Clark is a way of thinking”.
Now I can say that fall enrolment for the program is finished and new students are starting classes soon, but we, the graduates of the program, are waiting for the Clark master’s diploma awarding ceremony ;)

Aug 8 '13
Good morning to everybody!
No time to wait for Monday to start something new.I sense that it will be a great day! :)

Good morning to everybody!

No time to wait for Monday to start something new.
I sense that it will be a great day! :)

Aug 7 '13
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.

Worcester

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.

Climate

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.

Travel

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.

Clark University

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.”

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.

Worcester

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.

Climate

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.

Travel

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.

Clark University

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.

Aug 7 '13
9 days till departure from the U.S.Mixed emotions.

9 days till departure from the U.S.
Mixed emotions.

Aug 5 '13

If you think that you can do your home assignment on time, you’re wrong))
Squirell will attract all your attention on itself :)

Half an hour till evening classes)

Aug 5 '13

Ocean dreams

For a long period of time we had a dream to spend a day on the ocean. Last Friday my friends and I took a car and went to one of the most beautiful places which I have ever been – Newport, Rhode Island.

The trip was not more than one hour (thanks for GPS!!) and we arrived at Newport’s largest beach and recreation area – Easton’s Beach. The beach area has a carousel, aquarium, rentable beach houses and food concession area.

As is usually the case there were a lot of gulls on the beach. But we did not think that they are so impudent and hungry :) When we went swimming all the bags were left on the shore. We were surprised when we walked out of the ocean and saw that one bag was two meters away from the place where we left it. Two gulls ate up our chips almost in a fight, the other two gulls were actively trying to find something in my bag…))

The day was wonderful! We had a rest while enjoying the beautiful scenery: blue sky, fluffy clouds, bright sun, the surf… It was awesome.

At Clark University the remaining two weeks of study are very busy and we need to do a lot in short period of time (home assignments, final paper in group, etc.).

Work hard, play hard :)

Jul 29 '13

Study at Clark University in the summer semester is six weeks long, so we only have six weekends to travel around the United States. We were in Boston (I lost count how many times :)), Cambridge, New York (twice), and in the next weekend we want to go to Springfield to amusement park «Six Flags».

Last weekend our company of international students from Poland and Russia went to conquer Niagara Falls. On the Internet we bought tickets for the bus tour to Niagara Falls, which cost us $89 and early Saturday morning we started our trip.

The way was about 6-7 hours. We arrived at 3 p.m. As part of our tour, we bought an optional excursion to Old Fort Niagara, “Maid of Mist” (When you’re on a boat ride near the waterfalls), and on Sunday we were on an excursion called «Thousand Island».

Of course, of all of the above we most of all we liked the waterfalls! They are located exactly on the border between the United States and Canada.

We walked on the boat “Maid of the Mist” is a 20 minutes ride and the boat goes right under the waterfalls.

It’s amazing!

Niagara Falls is truly a wonder of the world and indeed the strongest energy!

Jul 29 '13

This is my first visit to the U.S. I have a lot of impressions about this country, people, places which we visit on the weekends. In addition to improving English skills and the accumulation of invaluable experience in marketing and advertising, I have found here many opportunities for self-realization. I am currently an intern in Clark University’s Marketing and Communications Office, and I even couldn’t imagine that the work could bring so much pleasure!

During my internship I research sources for international student’s opinions of Clark University, help gather assets for promoting COPACE international programs and also create and manage a blog about my experiences studying in the U.S.

While doing my internship and studying in the master’s program, I have also immersed in the life of Clark University, which here in Worcester is so eventful even in the summer. I can’t imagine what it will be like in fall when other students come back from summer vacation and begin studying.

I hope that in our student society in Worcester there will be new faces soon!

In other words, WELCOME TO CLARK UNIVERSITY! »