Age: 21

Previous University (s): Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Hello, Alyona! We are glad to have you here. First of all, would you briefly introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi! Well, I’m 21 years old, and I think I’ve always been interested in math, hence I got my Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics in Kyiv-Mohyla Academy – one of the best Ukrainian universities. And now I’m getting my Master’s in Comenius University in Bratislava.

What was the main motivation for you to participate?

I’ve dreamed of continuing my education somewhere abroad, of getting an international experience and plug into a foreign culture. Besides, it was very common for Kyiv-Mohyla students to participate different exchange programs, and I’ve heard a lot of inspiring stories about studying abroad. So I decided that I have to experience that myself and Penta Foundation scholarship seemed to be just a perfect opportunity.

What would be your expectations from the program, university, and your stay in Bratislava in general?

First of all, I look forward to obtaining an E.U. Master’s diploma and, of course, a proper knowledge in my field of studying. Also, I hope to find some internship/part-time job opportunities in an European company, which would give me a hands-on experience and help me to make a decision on my future career options.

How does Bratislava feel after living in Kyiv for some time?

Well, I got used to live in a big city where you can always fell this dynamic atmosphere, you know. So, the first few weeks were a bit unusual. But then I realized that Bratislava has a much less hectic or stressful pace of life, and somehow I feel calmer here. Besides, what I really like about this city is that you can get to the city center like in 5-10 minutes by bus, while in Kiev in the best case it would take at least half an hour.

What’s your major? What do you find exciting about it?

Now my study program is called «Computer graphics and geometry», which is actually quite different from what I used to study during the Bachelor program.  And so far I am glad I switched to geometry, it is more practical and narrow specialization, while applied mathematics was more general and versatile. Therefore, I can finally see how the math analysis theory works in real processes, like in image recognition or 3D modeling.