“I’ve seen snow before, but I couldn’t imagine there could be so much of it, I’ve seen dogs, but didn’t know they could be so beautiful,” such were the impressions of Sayed Raqeeb Usmani of the January snowfall l and the meeting with the shaggy participants of the International Dog Sled Race “On the Land of Sampo”.
Last November the young man joined the numbers of the first-year students of the Faculty of Mathematics and Information Technologies of our university.
"Our country has slow Internet, an underdeveloped system of ATM and barcode scanners. I want to learn programming, so when I return to my hometown, Mazar-i-Sharif, I can develop computer technologies. I want to work for the well-being of my country and my people,” told Sayed in regards of his purpose to pursue degree.
The young man was not afraid to go to another country for such a long time. In his 24 years he has already lived and studied in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. Such trips were related to his father's military work. Moving around the post-Soviet space was not in vain: Sayed is perfectly fluent in Russian. "I started to speak it as early as in kindergarten. In school, I also studied the Russian language. When I returned to Afghanistan, I had to hire a tutor to re-learn Farsi, my native language", says the young man.
The lack of a language barrier allowed the young man to quickly make new friends among his fellow students. “From the first minute, I felt their support and willingness to help me. For example, the monitor immediately took my details and added me to a community on "VKontakte", where I'd be able to learn about the events and activities that will take place at the Faculty and the University. Also, my classmates help me understand the nuances of some lectures, if I do not understand," said Sayed.
The foreign student liked the conditions and opportunities that Petrozavodsk State University offered the students: comfortable dormitories, Wi-Fi, sports gyms, as well as the variety of cultural, educational and recreational activities for students. "I like everything here! I'm sure I have yet to learn a lot of interesting and useful things while at the university and in Russia", Sayed shared.
After passing the summer exams, he will stay here on vacation to see the sights of Karelia, as well as to visit St. Petersburg, which he was told about by his father, who had studied there. Also, Sayed wants to visit historical sites associated with the life of Pushkin, whose works he really likes.