Aidai is a student of the American University of Central Asia, department of Journalism and Mass Communication and here is her story.
“The American University of Central Asia is the university of my dreams. I planned to enter this university two years ago and since then I have been studying to the best of my abilities to make my dream come true. I have always tried to find out as much information about AUCA as possible. For this I have been surfing the internet, communicating with current students and my aunt, who also graduated from AUCA. I am really happy that I am a student of AUCA now and that I could make it happen.
Five years ago I could not even imagine that I would enter the Journalism department. I had a great desire to become a doctor. However, I understood with years that I don’t want to devote my life to medicine. I am such a sociable person. I always try to be in touch with the situation. So, I think that a profession of a journalist suits me most and I have several reasons for this.
First, a profession of journalist is by far the most interesting one for me. It is always great to learn all the news and to find out some facts that are not open to general public. Secondly, I want to learn how to use words correctly. Unfortunately, nowadays there is too much false information on the Internet. May aim is to tell people true facts about our world. Thirdly, I want to make changes in my lovely country.
Unfortunately my parents can’t afford full tuition at AUCA. My family is pretty big, which consists of 6 people. So I need a KIVA loan, because it will help me to think about education, to study well and not to think about finance.”
About American University of Central Asia
The American University of Central Asia (AUCA) is a nonprofit, international, multidisciplinary university in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Founded in 1993 with the support of the United States Government and the Open Society Institute, it provides a unique American-style liberal arts curriculum for top students in the region.
About 90% of AUCA students receive financial aid of some sort. Kiva lenders’ funds are used to supplement financial aid packages with loans offered to students starting their freshman year at the university.