Alina is a first-year student at the American University of Central Asia, department of Business Administration, and here is her story:
“There are lots of people in our country that have to leave the country because of unemployment so that they can be able to earn enough money to keep their families. I do not want to be one of them, therefore, I studied hard since my childhood. I had a dream to have a magic wand, which would solve all problems connected with money. When I got older, I understood that the magic wand of a person is high education and choosing the right job.
Choosing the right university was not hard for me because I knew what I wanted to do in future. I wanted to have a business that will help me increase the financial conditions of my family, also a workplace where people can work and don’t need to leave their families. Since my childhood, I wanted to be an economist, because I think that an economist is a person who can decide every problem connected with money. However, after researching, I got confused between economics and business administration.
I studied at New Generation Academy at AUCA last year, and participated in Teenagers in Free Enterprise (TIFE), where I was the class leader. I thought an economist could be a businessman, but while studying at NGA, I understood that this is a different thing. TIFE was a great experience for me, and helped me make the right choice. After all this, I am sure I made a right choice enrolling in the Business Administration department.
AUCA gives another unique opportunity to its students, which is a Kiva loan. I would like to apply for a Kiva loan, which will greatly help me cover my tuition fees.”
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.