The following excerpts are from a 25 minute timed writing of my masters level students the first time we met on Monday evening. (I had them sign a consent form so I could share a “slice of life” with my faithful readers.) I asked no leading questions, just simply asked them to write about themselves and I was very pleased with the results.
I was also very happy yesterday to get a text message from a former student of mine whom I had tutored for several weeks for the iBT version of the TOEFL exam. Andriy was my “dream student” who flew to Almaty from Aktobe just to brush up on his speaking skills, as well as writing. This was his text message to me, it MADE MY DAY!!!
“Hi there, how r u? I just got my results! Guess what, I got 93! My hands were shaking when I saw that I could get the score! Now, I hope u of c [University of Calgary] will accept them! Thanks!”
Dinara – “…Though I am valued employee at my work (yet, there is no irreplaceable person) I feel an urge to apply what I’ve learnt so far in practice. Consequently, I decided to apply for a position in Big 4. I know that when I do want to achieve the goal and I am keen on subject matter, I will shift every effort to become maybe not the best one, but at least to be among the best…reading is another hobby of mine. Honestly speaking, I used to spend hours and hours reading the book, I cannot tear myself from the book unless I read it right till the end.”
Irina – “In 2006, I decided to get MBA education in________. I really thought it produced excellent specialists. But I don’t want to write bad about all the _______students…just to say that many of graduates are “empty inside,” in particular bachelors (just “coolness).
Elvira – “My friends say that I am a good friend. I build any relationships honestly. I’m always ready to help. Even my name means “person who protects everyone and takes care” Sometimes it is not good for me because all my spare time I can spend to someone else. I have big problems with time management and I can’t make any priorities.
Maya –I did what thousands of other teenagers did at the early nineties when Soviet Union was crushing and the market economy was coming to change the communism, I entered the Technology University, on economy faculty. Many teenagers at that time wanted to be a businessman or businesswoman. At 1999, I graduated the university, but I did not feel confident about my knowledge obtained there, because the level of education was very low there.
Yulia – I have a brother, his name is Igor and he is younger than me on 8 years. He is a hockey player. Actually, it was the dream of my father to play hockey but in those Soviet time unfortunately it was impossible to play hockey if you are not Russian (because Russian men are strong, tall and brave.) I’m not sure that it was true, maybe it was the joke of my father but I believed him.
Gulnar – “I dream to visit Japan, Italy and Brasilian. I think their cultures are colorful and interesting. I admire women, those who can combine family duties and good career. I really want that Hillary Clinton would become the first women-president in USA, I believe that she is smart, strong and kind.
N.T. – “My favorite dream is “become great ruler which lead to Kazakhstani people to prosperity and sustainable development.” I hope that God will bless Kazakhstan and me. Also, I think that every person should be patriot, in family and country. Also, I think and hope, and believe every one in this life have mission. Who knows, maybe I have also great mission because it’s hard and stupid to just live.”