Success Story

 

Elene Aladashvili

 

 

Caucasus School of Business

Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA

 

When I was asked to write a brief paragraph about my exchange year in the USA I was stumped. How could I possibly fit a whole year of unbelievable, extremely unique, and memorable experiences in a paragraph?  I was with my friends, when I received an email from Fairleigh Dickinson University saying that I was admitted. This feeling was full of excitement, but I could not believe it until the departure day. The one of the best experiences of my life has started by arriving in the world’s magnificent city of New York.

 

Looking at hectic lifestyle in the streets, exploring enormous opportunities, meeting incredible people from all over the world, travelling to different states starting from Florida ending with California, studying at FDU, going to field trips and attending TV shows to understand advertising techniques, experiencing the moments of independence that made me stronger and self-reliant. All of these mentioned above account for an incomplete list of the experiences that made my stay in the USA unforgettable.

 

Probably, obstacles that I came across and how I dealt with them would be much more intriguing for prospect exchange students. The so called Covid-19 was exploded during my stay in the US, it was quite tough for me since I was far from my comfort zone and felt uncertain about my future. I did not know what the right choice was. There were two options. The first one was to abandon my plans about the USA and arrive back in Georgia or go with the flow and have a hope for better, I chose the latter one.  Despite the difficult times, even though sometimes it seemed like an eternity, the time just flew by. I am glad of every moment spent in the US.

 

Coming back home from the US is vague feeling to describe. I am a different person than I was before when I left my country. Even though I have lived all my life in Georgia except one year, I feel like half of my heart is in the US. I knew that what I was leaving behind was not just the US. It was much more than this incredible country. When I look back at all the memories, I wish I could do it all over again.

 

Finally, thank you Caucasus University for making my wish come true. Thank you, Fairleigh Dickinson University, for having me, it has been absolutely marvelous experience.

 

 

Anano Gunia

 

Caucasus School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA

 

It was completely unplanned and unexpected to travel to US with the exchange program. One day, during the examination period, suddenly I had an idea, that while on my final year of my Muster studies, before finishing the program, I had to do something new, and that exactly meant spending my final semester in America. Right at that time, University was offering me a chance to participate into the exchange program, I have started to prepare documents on the same day, though I did not really think back then, that once an idea of me thinking “let’s go to America” - would become a reality in a few months.

 

Going on an exchange program is a whole new experience, especially in America. All this coincided with the pandemic, quarantine, the closing of borders... If I had known about all of this in advance, I would have gone anyway, I had such a great and interesting experience. I have discovered new skills and new resources within myself, I feel that you are growing not only professionally but also personally every day, and then it all gives you a pleasant feeling of self-confidence and independence.

 

I think it is a very important and necessary experience for all students to participate in an exchange program.

 

 

Teona Tsutskhvashvili

 

FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences, Graz, Austria

ERNST MACH grant holder -  Austrian government grant

 

Going to study in Austria turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. The application process wasn’t easy, but not as complicated as I initially imagined. The main thing is to give it your best at all times. The questions in the application must be answered wholeheartedly and thoroughly. The sincerer you are the higher your chances of success.

 

The learning environment here is amazingly healthy, competitive and at the same time quiet. We have highly qualified lecturers and the entire process feels more like a sharing of experience rather than just a lecture process. Finally, I would like to point out that Austria is the best place for student life and travel. From Vienna for only 10 euros you can get to European cities such as Venice, Florence, Amsterdam, Paris and many more.