From High School Graduation to Diploma: Expectations vs Reality

It is always challenging to find yourself and stand up for your ambitions. The last year of school is an enormously significant period when choices surround you all the time. Moreover, when it comes to picking a university, you have no other way but to rely on someone’s words because of your own lack of experience. There are many articles which can clearly illustrate students' lives and their opinions, but sometimes it is better to compare two subjects in order to get the desired result. That is why I conducted a survey and gathered information about the most crucial aspects of students' current life which they imagined differently.

The Best of Upcoming Music Concerts in St. Petersburg in 2020

It is already the beginning of 2020, so the new concert season is ready for its kick-off. Even though most of the summer festivals haven’t revealed their line-ups yet and we will get many surprises later, a bunch of shows have already been announced. Here’s a quick overview of seven most interesting, in my opinion, music events that will happen in St. Petersburg in 2020!

New Year’s resolutions (kind of)

So 2019 is almost over. What? So fast? (Checking the calendar twice) or was it as fast as we remember? This year was quite ambiguous. But what did we learn or not learn thanks to this year?

Coconut, peach or mango?

Last night I was talking to my friend. We were discussing how Germans and Russians are alike in some ways. My friend told me: "You and I are coconuts. But, for example, Americans are peaches" and I couldn’t help asking: "What if I want to be a mango?"

Meeting and Talking with International Students

How do you start communicating with people from around the world? Are the Portuguese so patriotic? How much do we have in common with the French? This is my fourth post about my exchange semester in a small Czech city Zlin and I’d like to tell you about communication with people from other countries. In fact, meeting people was the best part of the term, because first of all it has greatly enriched me as a person. You can find my other posts here.

Yagodnoe Trip: A Chance to Strengthen Ties Between Russian and Exchange Students

You are in another country, so different from your hometown. Deep down, you know you are a little bit afraid about everything. You are out of your comfort zone even with the most ordinary actions in your routine. At ITMO University, thankfully, there is an organization which aims to help exchange students: the Buddy System. It is composed of Russian students from the University who, amongst other things, are responsible for arranging and preparing an amazing event: the journey to Yagodnoe. This place is a property of ITMO University and there are cozy houses, many facilities and beautiful landscapes, with no phone service. A perfect environment for students to better understand each other and enjoy nature.

From the Capital: A Trip to Moscow

The sky is clear. The wind is not so strong. The sun is slowly setting, and the tallest trees are as interconnected as any big forest by the road. Darkness is slowly becoming light. It seems like the last rays of the sun and the yellowing of the sky lasts only a short while and then the end of the day and the start of the night will begin.

St. Petersburg Russia: A Stunning Global Paradise

While it is a lowly-hyped global destination, St. Petersburg remains a stunning tourist hub! Not only is the city endowed with a broad array of unique attraction sites, but also with a diverse cultural center and home to the world's renowned artefacts. St. Petersburg welcomes you to a beautiful, well-planned, and clean environment, coupled with multiple stunning sceneries. The second-largest city in Russia, and arguably the most beautiful destination in the country is strategically located at the mouth of the Neva River, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. It spans across the Northwest Federal District, in the Leningrad region of the Russian Federation. Its federal importance to Russia cannot go unnoticed, ranging from being an administrative center to the best tourist attraction destination in the country.

Russians Are Extremely Welcoming Contrary To The Global Misconception

Having secured a Russian government-sponsored Master’s scholarship in 2018, I embarked on an eleven-hour journey to Moscow from Nairobi, Kenya, albeit with scanty and unclear information about my intended destination. While traveling was one of my hobbies in the past, anxiety of the unknown deprived me of the pleasure as myriad questions lingered on my mind regarding Russia, the people, and, of course, ITMO University.

Travelling. Is it Worth it?

Last night I was talking to one of my best friends. We were discussing financial opportunities (as students we can discuss them but not really have them). My friend wanted to buy a brand-new iPhone (yes, with those horrible cameras). I was suggesting her to spend this money on traveling. It could cover seeing the Eiffel Tower for 3 days, going around Brandenburg Gate for 5 days or at least swimming in the Mediterranean Sea for 7 days. But she said that she wanted to see where her money goes. So, who is right?

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