Anastasia Martyniuk, Ukraine

What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Anastasiia Martyniuk and I am from Ukraine. 

Why did you choose to study at UNT? What is your major?
To study in America was a gift from the universe. I was asked by a company in America if I’d like to be sponsored by them. Of course I said yes. The company is in Colleyville, Texas and the closest college is UNT. I think UNT is a great school and is a great college to graduate from. My major is business, and I have not chosen a specialization yet. 

What did you like most about IELI? About UNT?
What I liked about IELI was that if a student asks for help from the teachers, they were glad to help. If a student asks questions, teachers don't give direct answers. They give hints so that the student will be able to think and analyze. I like that IELI is very similar to the university. It creates programs very similar to UNT or other universities. It requires skills that UNT or any another university will require. As for UNT, I like all the kinds of resources that it has.  If a student needs help or is struggling with their classes, they can get all kinds of help from professors, tutors, and clubs. Also, I like the activities, courses, and workshops that UNT has. 

How did IELI help you meet your goals?
I improved my English a lot, or at least I hope it's true when people tell me that. I can read in English and understand more than I used to. I learned grammar that now makes me feel a little more comfortable when I speak English. I can give presentations in English that I can’t in my native language because I have done so many in English. Before studying at IELI, I had not heard of AWP. Knowing AWP is a one key to becoming a successful student. More importantly, IELI showed me that having good habits is much better than being intelligent only. A very smart student without good habits can fail their class. 

What helped you gain confidence in your use of English?
Teachers at IELI helped me to gain confidence is my use of English. When I was studying at IELI, they kept telling me that I was doing better and better. To see your own progress is very important and they kept telling me that I have that progress. It helped me a lot. 

What’s your advice to students who want to study at a U.S. University?
First of all, they should not be afraid of studying in a foreign country. My biggest fear was that I would not do it; that I am not intelligent enough to study in the USA. Students should understand that studying in America is totally different from studying in their home countries, and techniques that worked when they studied in high school may not work in an American university. They should try new ways and methods of studying, and to make the process more interesting. What helps to me is enjoying the process of learning.