This year’s campaign’s slogan “Studies that shape you” fits Sofiia perfectly. The soon-to-be New Media Language graduate is open to all the opportunities the University offers and is taking responsibility for her education and self-development into her own hands.
“I believe that university studies are more about personal development, than academic knowledge. We have to go through the stresses of academic life, meet extremely diverse people with different worldviews, while gaining knowledge, that probably will change our outlook on life,” says Boichenko.
She believes that the quality of education, curriculum and teaching at KTU is top-notch, and is much better in comparison with Ukrainian universities, where, according to Sofiia there is much less academic freedom. Among the many extracurricular activities that the University offers, the humanities student misses literature or art societies.
“The ones that are existing, are almost always aimed at Lithuanian students. However, I took part in the events organised by the Ąžuolas hiking club. They also do rock climbing every Thursday at 7 pm, which is awesome!” says Sofiia.
Lithuania and Ukraine are similar, but not the same
On February 24, 2022, when Russia invaded Ukraine, Sofiia was on her Erasmus study exchange in Sweden. She admits feeling sad, lost and “stuck”. Since Sweden is a relatively safer country, wasn’t she considering extending her stay there? Sofiia says, no.
“After Sweden, I took a gap semester in Greece, but I still came back. After all, I figured out that I prefer Lithuania to both of those countries,” says Sofiia.
Sofiia, who is now back home for the summer, admits that one of the reasons she came back to Lithuania is our country’s mental and physical closeness to Ukraine.
“It’s similar, but not the same,” smiles Sofiia pointing out the notable Lithuanian coldness and reserved attitude towards foreigners. However, she believes that travelling and communicating with the international community usually help Lithuanians to open up to new experiences.