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Friday, June 8, 2012

English Club with Maryna Lysun, a Fulbright Alumnus on her Experience in the U.S. (a presentation)

Maryna Lysun attended a meeting of the English Club on June 7, 2012 being as a leader. She shared her experience as a Fulbright Scholarship-funded graduate student in the US. She was one of 1,727 Ukrainian students in the US in 2009-2010. Ms Lysun talked about her academic and social life in the US. She introduced the club members to the agricultural Iowa with its vast corn fields and flat landscapes. One of the members pointed out that Uman scientists grow 5 meter corn, but Iowan corn is typically 2.5 meters long. Observations such as these showed that club members and Ms Lysun found similarities in landscapes and agriculture of the Vinnystsya region and Iowa. 
Ms Lysun pointed the benefits of her education, her admiration of healthcare system in the States, and her love of Panera bread, one of the biggest bakeries in the US. Ms Lysun told the club about the visit of her academic adviser Dr Meier to L’viv 2 weeks ago. The visit showed the additional benefits of the exchange process inaugurated by the Fulbright Program. 
Some members of the club were especially interested in the Fulbright application process and standardized tests (TOEFL, GRE). Ms Lysun answered some of the questions and announced that she would lead workshops on TOEFL on June 16, 23, 30. These workshops are intended to help students study for this difficult exam.
The club meeting went well, and everyone seemed to enjoy each other. Ms Lysun was happy to share her experiences with the club, and its membership was pleased that she took the time and made the effort.

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