My name is Gulnar and I am a new blogger for InternationalStudent.com! I start blogging officially for my college in 2010 up to date. In addition, this year I decided to blog for a special audience, International Students specifically, because I am a part of this community and I would love to share my experience with you. My blogging “career” started as an online journal keeping which had been continuing for years. Then I started official blog of my art and it kept continuing. So here I am blogging again in ENGLISH! Even thought I am challenged every single day by English, I love this language so much, thus nothing can stop me, even those tiny articles & prepositions, and perfect tense forms! I am especially fascinated by idioms and expressions every time I hear a new one! Indescribable experience!
I would like to introduce myself ‘officially’. So once more my full name is Gulnar Babayeva. I am from Azerbaijan Republic, the country in the crossroads between Europe and Asia, in South Caucasus [Mountains] on the shore of Caspian Sea. I know, such a long description…Just Google it! Currently, I am an international student at SUNY Ulster. It “is a two-year college of the State University of New York, located in the Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains—regions famous in art and literature for their natural beauty and historical significance. Nearby are the City of Kingston, New York’s first capital, the artists’ communities of Woodstock and New Paltz, and the New York City metropolitan region.” (Check out SUNY Ulster). I am at my 4th semester, in other terms a sophomore, double majoring in Fine Art: Visual Arts & in Advertising Design and Graphic Technologies programs. Because of my majors, I have very loaded schedule from my first day at the college [it’s my choice, not a complaint :P]; therefore, I will need one extra semester to graduate from the second major. So far everything is under control, thank goodness! The plan is Master’s Degree, so I will keep working on my dream, as I do every single day.
FYI Two year college degrees in the United States are called Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS). It gives you an opportunity to complete first two years of college with a degree to get a job. The credits you earn are transferable usually, unless it says opposite. So if you are willing to have a Bachelor’s Degree in the area you have studied in two year college, those credits will work towards the degree in four year college, which means you will be studying junior and senior years at four year college. Many friends of mine are doing so, because foundation years are similar in every college, why pay more if you can pay less and get the same knowledge?! It’s pragmatic approach, but the Bachelor’s degree will be from your dream college, what matters at the end.
So much to share! Yet have to do homework!
I will keep posting my adventurous life as an international student in the United States of America regularly. There are so much mysterious and magical things are happening that sometimes blows my mind & “I’m loving it!” :D We have such a wonderful and sunny day over here, in the Hudson Valley & I am enjoying the day off , as it’s Columbus Day in the States!