Burulsun Taalaibekova: Building Skills to Further Explore My Career Path
Four University of Central Asia undergraduate students from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan attended an International Summer Programme at the Institute of Continuing Education of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. UCA students enrolled in two-week undergraduate level Interdisciplinary, Business and Entrepreneurship summer programmes, which was funded by UCA, and shared their experiences in a series of reflections. This piece was written by Burulsun Taalaibekova, UCA sophomore student from Kyrgyzstan, studying Computer Science at UCA's Naryn campus.
As one of many of ambitious students, I heard about the University of Cambridge when I was younger, and hoped that one day I would walk along the corridors of this historical university. My dreams came true this summer when the University of Central Asia afforded me the opportunity to attend the University of Cambridge’s International Summer Programme. It was one of my most productive experiences, which taught me valuable life experience, new friends, new feelings along with education at one of the best universities in the world.
The programme consisted of many courses, and I attended classes on “The Human Mind: the ‘Normal’ and Beyond” and “International Development: Competing Discourses and Current Challenges”. In the first course, we learnt about the types of psychology, psychoanalysis, depression and anxiety, autism and Asperger’s syndrome, dissociative identity and schizophrenia, as well as conception and treatment. The second course covered international development where we identified climate change and the rise of China as the main challenges of international development. In this course, we also learnt about various motivations for providing development aid, modernisation and economic paradigms. Though these subjects are not connected to my major, they will nevertheless be as asset to my future career. I believe that the knowledge obtained in Cambridge will be useful for my future projects regarding computer science. Perhaps, I will be able to invent something for psychology or development use, because now I have a better understanding of these subjects.
Not only did I have an opportunity to attend lectures, but I was lucky to be provided with very convenient accommodations. When I first stepped into the dormitory, the stairs, lamps, and everything made me feel the English atmosphere through its specific architecture style. I was grateful for the opportunity to live in such a historical place, and in a location so close to my lectures. In addition to the education in Summer Programme, I expanded my network, made friends from Japan, China, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Moldova and USA, and also had an opportunity to visit the colleges of Cambridge.
I am very thankful for this opportunity to UCA and to everyone who made it possible. This was my first experience, but hopefully not the last. I am also sure that this investment in our education today is an investment into our countries’ development tomorrow.