EducationUSA Turkmenistan cohort alumna and Opportunity Funds recipient, Ayna Mammedova, is one of two inaugural recipients of the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship from Temple University. Ayna, who is a freshman majoring in a Biochemistry, always knew she wanted to study in the United States, however, lack of finances was her biggest obstacle. “Since high school, I dreamed about studying Biochemistry and conducting research with the guidance of highly professional faculty”, says Ayna. “My dream came true, and although in the beginning, I felt a bit overwhelmed by the abundance of research opportunities at Temple, now, I feel confident and excited about utilizing them and gaining practical experience.”
Ayna became an honorable member of the Temple Dean’s List twice. She currently serves as the Temple Unibody Student Ambassador and also holds a position with International Student Affairs (ISA) by assisting incoming international students. “I truly enjoy working with the Temple ISA in organizing events for international students. ISA feels like a family to me, and I feel very supported by ISA staff and other international students. I hope that with the help of ISA, I will be able to contribute to the Temple’s international community and make every international student feel welcomed at Temple too”.
Through EducationUSA Turkmenistan Cohort Advising program, Ayna was able to learn about ways to finance her studies at a U.S. institution, “I am very grateful to the EducationUSA Turkmenistan and my adviser for seeing the potential in me and supporting me during my path to my academic dreams”. Click the link https://www.inquirer.com/news/temple-international-students-trump-welcome-scholarship-20190827.html to learn more about Ayna and the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship @TempleUniversity.
#StudentSpotlight. “I’ve received necessary skills thanks to
EducationUSA College Preparatory Program & Research PaperWriting component. It helped me in getting a job as a tutor and a marketer at my school.”
Meet Murad Hazhibaev – Opportunity Funds recipient and outstanding EducationUSA college-prep program alumni from Turkmenistan. Murad is an ambitious Business major student and a recipient of full-tuition Pillars Scholarship award from Waldorf University (IA). Murad’s strong dedication and enthusiasm is shown through his active involvement in volunteering and multiple student clubs, such as Warriors Writing Club. Murad’s outstanding academic performance helped him to get into Honors Leadership program, and included into Dean’s List at Waldorf University within his freshman year. Moreover, his active involvement as a Telemarketer for the Alumni Relations Phone-a-thon Room at Waldorf helped to contribute a raise of $20,000 for the Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation. Recently, Murad has connected with dozens of students from Turkmenistan through the EducationUSA Scholar Talk virtual series, and shared his experience of financing education in the US. This motivated and inspired many prospective students to apply and go to college in the US. Keep up an active work and commitment to academics and community, Murad.
Due to the efficiency and success of the first virtual session, EducationUSA Turkmenistan continues organizing more on-line sessions with the cohort students and alumni from home. Thus, on April 28 and May 1, 2020 cohort students participated in two webinars conducted by the University of Rochester on “Financial Aid for International Students” and Orange Coast College on “California Community Colleges” co-hosted with the EducationUSA Ashgabat office. The virtual sessions were conducted using the “Zoom” application (an application enabling live video conferencing) with over 40 cohort participants taking part in an interactive and live video chat with the University of Rochester and 29 cohorts joined with the Orange Coast.
Throughout the sessions, participants were able to exchange ideas, ask questions and learn more about different ways to fund US education as well as two-year colleges explained. Also, students were able to have live conversational practice with native English speakers, while discussing a variety of topics, including food on and off-campus employment opportunities, transition to a university life, and more followed by a Q&A session on the admission process with a representative of the international admission office at the University of Rochester and Orange Coast College. The webinars were recorded and shared with all the registered students