“I have never spoken Russian for so long” – says Jobir Nematullaev, an exchange student of the Institute of Forest, Engineering and Building sciences after an hour-long interview.
During this time he told us about his “interaction” with Russian and how he feels about living in a dormitory, about his future plans and the ways of spending free time. Have a look at our article to get the details.
- Jobir, what made you enter Petrozavodsk State University?
- After my first year of studying at the Faculty of Power Engineering of Namangan Engineering Pedagogical Institute in Uzbekistan I already knew that I wanted to study abroad. I couldn’t manage it because I either didn’t score enough on a competitive basis or didn’t know the language of the country I wanted to study in. In the last year of my studies I was offered to study at Petrozavodsk State University. I became the first student from my university who studies here. It was made possible after the signing of the cooperation agreement between our universities.
- You speak Russian quite well. How long have you studied it?
- 11 years at school and one year at Namangan Machine Factory where I worked. All the engineers there were Russian and all the documents were in Russian. It was a good language practice for me but even this was of no help to me when I came to Russia. I couldn’t believe it myself when I couldn’t ask a single question “How can I get to a subway station?” The first moths I spoke English and when I started to speak Russian I noticed that I made a lot of mistakes. So I went to the library, took the books “Russian for Foreigners” and a dictionary and started learning…
I know that I make many mistakes but I don’t get offended when someone corrects me because it does only good to me!
- Is it hard for you to study here?
- It is easy to study when you like the subject… I like the subjects, instructors and my groupmates. I enjoy submitting the reports and laboratory-based works in printed way but not written by hand as we do it at my university…
Of course it was a little hard in the beginning. All the student books are about forest, forest engineering and technologies… I’m not familiar with it… Back home we don’t have forests. But gradually from lecture to lecture the unknown terms became clear thanks to profound comments of the instructors. This is how I became aware of forest engineers and their work…
And also I tried to read something for the next lecture just to feel confident in the topic. It also helped me.
- Being so responsible in the terms of your studies you probably don’t have that much free time?
- I do, but I spend it studying Russian.
When it was warm I played football with the Russian and foreign students.
I also like to take walks in the city. It seems I have walked through the whole city. Or rode through it, alone or with the members of the VELOVE movement. I enjoy PetrSU Botanical garden and the waterfront where there are a lot of monuments and sculptures. This is wonderful because looking at them the new generations can ask the questions: why is this monument here, who or what is it dedicated to… This way they can learn the history of their region and country…
- You live in the dormitory. It is thought that life in a dormitory makes a person independent. Do you feel older now?
- It is very new to me, but I like it. I haven’t had such an experience during my student years. Now I learn to live an independent life away from my family. And this is very hard because I miss them a lot.
- What are your future plans?
- I want to continue studying and get a scientific degree, maybe even of the Doctor of Sciences. To continue studying, I was motivated by one of my instructors – Ilya Romanovich Shegelman. He said that during my studies here I must get 2-3 patents. I thought that I can really stay here and get a master’s degree and then enter the postgraduate training program. I said to myself: “I want and I can!” After such a motivation I understood that I can do much more than I expected.
I also plan to be a link between Petrozavodsk and Namangan machine factories which have some reasons for cooperation. But the main aim of my life is to create my own factory.