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Greetings, International Student Bloggers and Readers!

Posted on October 10th, 2011 by


My name is Gulnar and I am a new blogger for! 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!

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Welcome to my blog! I am Gülnar, an international student from Azerbaijan Republic. I am currently studying at SUNY Ulster where I obtained my A.A. in Fine Arts degree during the Fall 2011. Right now I am working on my A.S. in Advertising Design and Graphic Technologies degree. I plan to obtain my BFA and MFA. In fact I am a graduate of Azerbaijan University of Languages ( BA in American Studies), but at some point in my life everything has changed, and my career path as well. I am an artist/graphic designer/photographer. I live in upstate NY with my American family for the duration of my studies. I have many "likes & dislikes", so I am not going to count up all that in here :D, read my blog and you will see. I’ve chosen to keep this blog as I enjoy writing (yes, even in ENGLISH) besides art and sharing my observation & experience. I hope you will enjoy reading as much as I do while writing it. Thank You!

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5 Responses to “Greetings, International Student Bloggers and Readers!”

  1. Sheryl Says:

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. I am an American educator with a number of international students in my computer class. There are times I struggle communicating with my international students. I’m trying to figure out if it is because of cultural differences. I am an African American female. I look forward to reading more of your blogs. Thank you for posting.

  2. Says:

    Hi, Sheryl
    Thank you for your comment. I think you problem also can depend on the age group of students. From your comment I felt like they are teenagers.. I am getting along with my instructors pretty good. I understand them most of the time, I ask questions and make it clear when I am not happy with something. So I can get extra explanation or just a small talk to figure out what is what. Good luck to you with your students.

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  4. Katrice Monnet Says:

    I comment when I appreciate a post on a site or if I have something to contribute to the discussion. It is a result of the passion displayed in the post I read. And after this article Study in the USA – International Student Blog. I was actually moved enough to post a comment 😉 I actually do have some questions for you if you don’t mind. Could it be just me or do a few of the remarks look as if they are written by brain dead visitors? 😛 And, if you are writing at other places, I would like to follow you. Would you list all of your social pages like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

  5. Says:

    Thanks, Katrice. Well, my other blog has exactly the same content that I write for my college. Thank you for reading my blog. I am not sure what remarks you mentioned… I don’t know. Sometimes I get really strange advertising comments, I try to moderate them, but if you see something strange let me know.

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