The following are quotes from my Listening and Notetaking students answering the question: “Have you ever had a dream that was almost unattainable, almost impossible to master? If not, do you know someone in your family or friends who realized their dream?”
Dreams Realized by Kazakh students
Abylaikhan – I had a dream which was almost unbelievable to make since I was 5. I wanted to go to NYC and live in the U.S. But the problem was that I didn’t know nothing in English except for a word “Please.” When I moved to Kryzlorda, I went to a special English language school. Till ninth grade I was studying hard, and I won a FLEX program. I got hosted by a wonderful family from ….New York!!! I can’t even express that moment when the organization called me to inform me that! I was so happy and still remember the day! August 16, 2007. (;-)
Nurlan A. One of my friends has always dreamed about studying in the UK. Particularly he wanted to study economics at one of the top schools in England. It took him two years to master his English to the level needed and practice subject tests which he needed to pass in order to get admitted. But good effort and chasing down a dream gave positive results.
Daniya – My cousin wanted to study in London School of Economics. But it is difficult to enter this university and also her parents didn’t let her go there. They wanted her to stay in Kazakhstan. She is studying in KBTU at the International School of Economics. After she graduates she will have 2 diplomas: diploma of KBTU and diploma of LSE. This summer she went to London for 3 weeks, for studying at LSE. She was sent there from her university at the best student. And she says that her dreams came true. She studied at LSE even if it was a small time.
Galimzhan – When I was 18 years old I was dreaming about studying abroad, but had financial problems. So I started saving money, a year later I won a lottery and spent all that money to go to the U.S. I passed a few courses of self-esteem and managing money.
Gaukhar N. – one of my friends is living and studying in Canada now, actually it was his dream many years and finally this dream came true.
Raushan – I had a dream but I’m not sure that it was so unattainable. I wanted to graduate from school with “Altin Belgi” but everybody, beginning with a headmaster ending with other people, except my class master and friends, didn’t believe that I could do that and they did everything that could help me NOT get “Altin Belgi.” I think it was like a Rudy’s case. In spite of these obstacles, I achieved my goal and everybody should go to their dream chasing it.
Aigerim M. I love dreaming and thinking about my future. I have many dreams. In Kazakhstan, after graduating at school, we have a National Test to enter a university. In school, all my lessons were very good. I was “5” student, so I had a chance to get “Gold Medal” I don’t know exactly how to say in English. So, my first dream was to prove my skills in this test and get “Gold Medal” then with our university with a grant. So, my dream came true. I’ve realized them. My National Test score was perfect. Now I’m studying at our university with Nazarbayev’s scholarship. My teachers and parents were proud of me. I was happy, too. My second dream is to enter Cambridge University for a master. Third one is to make my parents happy and proud of me. So, I hope that my dreams will be realized. Of course, it is difficult. The person should be tolerable for everything despite failures in our difficult life.
Amina – Yes, I had such dream, which I was crazy about. Actually I had lots of them in my life. Fortunately I’ve made them reality. It was VERY HARD, BUT WORTH IT. The last one was to prepare one totally, not-prepared student for union test. He got 100/100 in math and 100/100 in physics. He wanted to have full [ride scholarship?], but his knowledges wasn’t quite enough.
Anar K. Two years ago, I listened about our university and I really wanted to enter in this university. And I realized my dream, I am so happy!
Aigerim K. – When I studied at school (15 or 16 years old) I really dreamed about returning to my relative’s town of Almaty. But we lived in Astana. I thought that it would never happen again that I would live again in Almaty. But when I passed all exams and entered our university in Almaty, I realized that my parents allowed me to return to Almaty and to live here.
Madiyar – My father had a dream. First of all, I want to tell pre-history. Ten years ago, my father worked in the theater and his payment was low. We lived in a small flat. And his dream was to build a big house with a big garden, open his own shop. Before, he always wanted to be boss. And his dream was realized maybe because he really wanted it.
Indira – I have never had a dream that was almost unattainable or impossible because I am a realist and I don’t like to dream. But of course, I know that my sister likes to dream very much and she always realizes her dreams. She is very clever and self-confident person. For example, when she was a school girl, she dreamt about studying abroad, and in future work as a translator, she was really interested in Italy. And now, she really works in Italy as a translator and five years she studied abroad in Russia.
Julia – I don’t think there is anything unattainable. My aunt finished her school in a small town in Russia (Batagay) then she went to Moscow and started studying in MSU for free. Those times it was almost impossible (as well as now). Now she’s an editor in one of Russian magazines. Her hard working character helped her achieve success.
Elbar – My mother when she was a teenager dreamed to live in a city, (she lived in a village near Almaty), to have a car, own flat, etc. She didn’t work like all Soviet teenagers, instead of this she studied. So she went to university, finished, found a good job, by that time she developed in her career and realized her dreams.
Tolegen – To have a dream that I cannot realize, is not me. I always think realistically, whatever the subject is. I have a friend who had such a dream; he wanted to leave to Japan and continue his education there, but it was almost impossible, because of lack of money, however, he realized it with an international program for students
Serikzhan – I’ve never had unattainable dreams. But I have a friend who was eager to be a football player of a professional team. (He ha) It was impossible task. We all thought that he wouldn’t be able to reach his goals. But he did!
Karlygash – I had an experience when I really wanted to participate in the science project competition and I really wanted to take a place there. I dreamt about this and one day my director said that I was chosen to this competition and then I was ready to tell about my project. At the end, I took third place on Republic competition.