University of Central Asia (UCA) undergraduate student, Sehar Naz Janani (centre), wrote a short reflection piece last year on her first semester at UCA, which was featured in the University’s student newspaper. She is now a second-year student at the Khorog Campus.
“While applying to UCA, I found myself imagining how beautiful the mountains of Kyrgyzstan might be. I kept thinking, ‘If I’m accepted as a student, how will my life change? Who will I become?’ I still remember the day I received my acceptance letter from UCA. That letter gave birth to tons of expectations and filled me with excitement for the future.
Classes were officially inaugurated on September 4, and when the bell rang in the ceremony, I realised that my dream had finally come true. I was finally in my new home. Since then, it has been an honour to become a part of the UCA community. In my first semester, I have made some very good friends here and gathered many new memories. UCA is a place of smiles, love, peace, and of course, assignments! However, the most wonderful thing about life at UCA is the balance between academic and social life.
What I also really love about UCA is faculty support. The way professors promote understanding and deeper insight into their area of expertise is so inspiring. Their teaching strategies—rooted in activity-based learning—help broaden our understanding of the core of the subject. Here at UCA, I’ve learned not just how to pass a course, but how to fall in love with learning as well. During my first semester, I never once felt my assignments were a burden. And I found that I really do love to research and write articles on topics that interest me.
In short, life at UCA is a blend of learning and fun. I believe my decision to attend UCA has been worth it. Here, I can visualise my dreams for the future clearly, and every person at UCA is playing a key role to help me achieve them.”