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Dreams Realized by my Kazakh Students

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.

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Grandmother is Our Bright Star, Gulnar’s narrative

I want to tell about the grandmother of my husband. Her name is Munira. Her life was difficult, but she thinks that her life was really good. Every time when I talk to her, I wonder at her firmness of character. She saw loss of close relatives, hunger and war, but she still believes people and God. I hope that my children inherit her nature and become smart, strong and cheerful persons, like their great grandmother.

 

She was born in Buhara. It is the ancient city in Uzbekistan. Her family was rich and powerful. Her father graduated the Cambridge University and knew seven languages. Her mother was from a rich and respected family too. They had four beautiful daughters.

 

The father of our grandmother was a famous public figure. He supported Soviet Government and donated all of his wealth to Soviet Government. He believed that Soviet Authority brought an independence of his country. It would be called “Buhar Republic”. But Soviet Authority executed her father. He was 36, when he was killed. Her mother was dispatched to a prison in Siberia. She survived by only one reason. She worked at the kitchen and it saved her life.

 

When our grandmother remembered about it, I saw tears in her eyes. She is 85 years old now, but she still remembers all the details of this tragedy. She and her sister stayed in a shelter without any supporting.

 

The little girl could survive. Her mother returned from prison and family started to live in a small house. She was glad every new day, because her mother was alive and returned to home. She was becoming a young beautiful woman.  She was 17, when World War Two started. She started to work as a secretary. War was a difficult time. During that time her family suffered by hunger and poverty. But she was young and merry and believed in the best.

 

Later she met her future husband. He was a young and brave major. There was a funny situation. When young people met with each other, as a rule they walked in the park. Her fiancée often invited her in restaurant, because he guessed, that she was hungry. But she always refused. Because she was so proud and thought, that it was not suitable behavior for good Muslim girl. She preferred to be suffered by hunger, than lose her dignity. They were married after the war ended. She was a good mother and wife. She had three children. She had many friends of different nationalities and ages.

 

Our grandmother became my life teacher and gave me a lot of useful and interesting advices. I learned from her, that I should not complain, but seek a decision of difficult situation. Dignity, honesty and industry are attractive features of her personality. I think our grandmother is the bright star in our world.   

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