Aizhamal is a student of AUCA, department of International and Comparative Politics. Here is her story:
“The opportunity to study at AUCA means the world to me. I have an ability to not only perform what is expected of me, but also to reach above and beyond the expectations.
The old Soviet education system proposed that getting quality education means only reading books and attending classes. Being followed by this habit, I was not involved in any extracurricular activities up until the 8th grade. That time I realized that it is not enough to become a competitive student and leader of the local community.
In the last 3 years, I have been devoting enough time to study sciences at school, as well as to my English and Russian language clubs and to leading the Issyk-Kul Volunteer Community. Since last summer, I also have been volunteering at a small newspaper called “Balykchy” as an independent journalist. Writing articles about social and economic events, featured stories, and sometimes poems, compose my jobs main responsibilities.
After my participation in the “Youth in the 21st century” media camp, I found new interests: documentary photography and debates. Unfortunately, those are not available in Balykchy and many other small cities in Kyrgyzstan. Among all of my extracurricular activities, public service became the most beneficial to me as well as to the local community. Being a chairman of the community, I have learned to be more organized and independent, and communicate more efficiently with very different people.
Another thing worth mentioning is that AUCA gives another opportunity to all its students; a Kiva loan, which helps them cover their tuition fees. Taking this opportunity, I am also applying for the loan, so that I could 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.