First year of adult life

May 18, 2007 at 1:09 pm (Uncategorized)

First year in university will be finished in few weeks. This year was very great for me. At first I was little afraid of entering the university. I was afraid of this life – adult life. Everything changed after my entering to WIUU.     

        Few years ago I thought that friends in school would be my best friends during all my life. Parents told me that it isn’t true, but I didn’t believe. Now I can say that I keep connection only with one or two people from my school. It is very sad. But from other hand I met a lot of wonderful people in my university, and not only students, but also teachers. I couldn’t imagine that Americans have so interesting approach to teaching and to students. I cannot say that teachers in my school were bad, but after finishing the school, I didn’t visit it any time. It describes a lot.        

            I am growing and every day I feel more and more responsibility, and only now I began to understand that I am studying not for my parents, but only for me. I like it. I hope that next year will be even better than this one.           


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My feelings about Tuesday presentation

April 17, 2007 at 8:42 pm (Uncategorized)

Tuesday was very important day for all WIUU. All students of English Composition and teachers did realy exciting preparation. Before the beginning everyone were little nervous, because of many reasons: of course our guests were very serious people such as US ambassador, people from chamber of commerce and of course widows who were the main “subject” of this “History matters” presentation; secondly all studens took very active part in preparation – all of them invested some kind of information and knowledge to this presentation and all of them including me were nervous how would people respond to this.

I am realy very glad that everything was very interesting and exciting. Students, as for me, have done great job and show to everybody that we respect and know our history and great lives of our ancestors. I also saw that some of Dragomanova students left the room after first half of presentation. But it only showed their primitive knowledge of our history and english language, so I think that they only showed us our comparitive advantage. So, in conclusion I want to appreciate our great teacher Kristina Gray that opened our eyes and showed that we MUST know our history and our roots. Thank you for this incredible holiday.

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About research paper

April 2, 2007 at 7:11 pm (Uncategorized)

Topic of my research project is literature during Stalin’s dictature. This is very interesting theme and very painfull for many literature lovers.

“Stalin once famously called writers “the engineers of human souls.” It’s a striking phrase, odd, eerie, uncomfortable. Yet chillingly beautiful, too, resonant and unforgettable: Its author could not have been insensitive to literature.”

Yes, he liked literature but hundreds of talented poets and geniuses suffered from him. I think the good thesis statement for my essay would be: The paradox of Soviet Union was that in all times the government wanted to create powerful and majestic country, and by itself they killed and destroy people who were the spirit and soul of this country.

The outline of my work would begin from introduction, in what I will introduce my topic, show some of my thought and write thesis statement. Body of my research would include: russian poets that suffered from Stalin, ukrainian talents (musicians, poets etc), people that Stalin loved (for example M. Gorkiy), smth like that. And in the conclusion I would summarize all my work and will show my opinion for that period.

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Tuesday visit

March 21, 2007 at 5:56 pm (Uncategorized)

Tuesday was very interesing and cognitive day for me.Widows, that came into our Composition lesson very imoressed me and I was excited. I was in the second group and the speaker was Lidia Kozar.

She began her talk and first her words were that she doesn’t have any relatives and she doesn’t even know who will bury her. She was born in 1934. Her father (she remembers only second name – Nazarenko) was the officer. He put her and her elder brother to the children garden in village Dubove, Cherkaska obl. When the war began she and her brother were sent to the orphanage to Uman. She recalls that one day Gebelz (Gitler’s right hand) came to Uman. All chidren of their orphanage were in the ring and secured by dogs. Then she told that all jews in the Uman were shooted by Nazi. They also tried to poison them in special car “Black raven” , but director of the orphanage killed the driver of that car and rescued them. In five or ten years this director and his wife were arrested and sent to prison. They died there.

 The WWII she doesn’t remember very bridhtly. She recalls only how children from her orphanage were goint in the streets and asking some food. Dimitry asked her about Nazi: were they very cruel or not? She answered that many of them were very kind and good men, they only did orders from Gitler. All her childhood she spent in six orphanages. There she lost her brother and has never seen him again.

Fron 1950 she was workin in factore called “Artema”. There she spent 40 years of her long life. She said that in that time were not as many deaths on the factory as it is now. Now, she said, many young people are diying because they have lack of experinece. In 1990 she gave up her job and went to the hospital. Then she was working in home for the elderly. In 2004 she went to the pension.

In 1952 in her family was holiday: she brought into the world daughter. But the destiny of this girl was very cruel. In 2004 she died in the car accident. Her husbend died in 1992 from the tuberculosis. So now she is alone. She hasn’t any relatives, only few friend from the factory. She lost all her document during WWII, so she doesn’t know her father, her brother, even the date when she was born.

 I wasn’t in good mood after listening the story about the life of this poor woman. Not only she, but much more people have cruel destinies, because of this war. Now I made sure that our lives, lives of people of my age are opposite from their lives. We must be happy that we live in such amazing world and they made a lot for our future.

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MLA formatting

March 19, 2007 at 8:39 pm (Uncategorized)

I got to know to MLA only at the university. At first I didn’t understand all the importance of it. I thought it wouldn’t be very usefull in my studying. But then I began to understand all the importance of it. 

At first, when teacher look at the students’ essay, he or shein short look at the format of all paper. Of it doesn’t have right margins, size of the text, title he wouldn’t take it seriously. The format is like our face, we have to look after it. And of course when the format isn’t available it shows disrespect not only for student who made it, but for the teacher who loose their time to read it and analyze.

Secondly, without knowledge of MLA formatting it is very difficult to write even easy paper, because while writing people who doesn’t know the style of writing always have many questions, for examle: where I should input my name, which size has to be the text, and what margins I should put. But when you know all the rules it is firstly pleasant for you to write it, because you are sure that the format is right and that every people who knows MLA would understand you. Such web cites like this are very usefull for beginners, who is getting to know a lot of rules of composition like me.

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Donations after September 11

March 19, 2007 at 5:21 pm (Uncategorized)

All we know the tradegy that happened on September 11. The terrorists attacked New York and the Twin Towers collapsed. I read the article in “Times” about donations of people in hole world.

It seems impossible, but in three weeks there were more than 600 million in cash, checks and pledges at more then 100 charitable funds for those whose lives were shatered on September 11. “The total si far more than any other relief effort in history – enough to give about 97000$ to the family of each of the 6.193 dead or missing”. Very active after this cruel tragedy was the Red Cross. It was providing food and shelter, and also the group has earmarked $100 million in cash grants for victims’ families to cover living expenses for three months. Charities dedicatred to fallen rescue workers have received some “46 million in donations that will supplement what families of New York City police and fire fighters will get from the government – $150 000, in federal funds, $25 000 from the mayor’s office, a full-salary pension and health insurance for spouses for life”.

Thos article shows us, how people do not loose their mercy. It shows us how people help others in hard situation. It must learn us a lot.

Rawe, Julie. Who gets your donation? Time, October 8, 2001 p.75.

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My research project

March 12, 2007 at 11:57 am (Uncategorized)

It is not very easy to find a topic for research project. At first i thought, that i can take every possible theme that I know the best. I found such topic. It was impressionism – art that was in the end of 19 century and that now has a great value. But then appeared some difficulties. I should write a paper based on the interview and that has attitude to history, possible Ukrainian history. Bit this is not very big problem for me, because I like history, and even history of Ukraine I like better then for example history of Afrika or Asia.

Honestly I can continue my past topic about the WWII, but I can say that I wrote almost all that my grandparents told me, so I think there is nothing to add. The part of our histoy that I like the most is the time when cossaks had a great power. This is the time of Bohdan Hmelnizcky and his followers, the time of battles between polish troops and cossaks. It is very interesting fragment of our history. If i decide to write about cossaks i would take an interview from my teacher of history. She knows a lot about that time.

Also I can write about Stalin’s repressions in 1930’s, that were in Ukraine to the all writers, musicians, talanted people. This information I can get from my teacher of Ukrainian language and literature who has many information about that time.

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Ukrainian thoughts from 1710 to 1995

March 12, 2007 at 10:32 am (Uncategorized)

This article is about what would be included into hole book. I can’t trully said that this is an introduction, but some kind of it. The author says that such book as this wasn’t before, and he makes the first step on writing such kind of anthology. He says that he wanted to show the thought of ukrainian people in all times. There attitude to Russia, to Poland and to all their neigbours; all sufferings and trials.

He wants to show the “Bendery constitution”, to which Pylyp Orlyk subscribed in 1710 on succeeding Hetman Mazepa; the “Fourth Universal”, which declared Ukrainian indepence on January 1918 and all consequences of it; the Manifesto of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists(1940); the September programme of Ukraine’s Movement for Perestroika; thirty pages of the 1993 draft of contemporary Ukraine’s constitution (the longest of the volume’s forty two documents).

“This is a wonderfully thought-provoking book and should be placed in the hands of everyone who thinks he knows the meaning of the word russkii”

Saunders, David. “Towards an intelectual history of Ukraine: An Anthology of Ukrainian Thought from 1710 to 1995.” The Modern Language Review 95.1 Jan.2000: 293(3).

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Wiley Post

March 6, 2007 at 2:42 pm (Uncategorized)


Wiley Post was born on November 22, 1898 in Mexico. His hobby in childhood was different work with technical things. When he was 11, his family settled in Garvin County, Oklahoma. His first job was in U.S. Navy. In 1919 he stole the car and was convicted and sentenced to ten years, but in one year he was paroled. In the middle of 1920 he’d lost his left eye. At that time he bought his first airplane. He gave 1800$ for such pleasure. In 1925 Wiley met his future friend and partner Will Rogers. In 1930 his boss F.C. Hall bought a Lockheed Vegalargely for Post’s use, nicknamed Winnie Mae for the oilman’s daughter.

length 27’8″, wing span 41′, height 8’6″, wing area 275 sq. ft,
empty weight 2361 lbs., useful load 1672, payload 1012, gross wt. 4033 lbs.,
max. speed 170 MPH, cruise 140 MPH, landing 54 MPH, ceiling 20,000 ft.,
gas capacity 96 gal., oil 10 gal., range 725 miles.
price at the factory, July 1925 – $18,500.

In 1931, he flew around the world in the Winnie Mae with his navigator, Harold Gatty. During his life Post with his navigators made a lot of flight all over the world. During this flights he didn’t have any problems, but once, on June 30 was damaged proppeler, and it took time to replace it.

Till 1933 he was upgrading his airplane and in 1933 he flew around the world once more, but without navigator – solo.

In 1935 the airplane with Wiley Most and his friend Will Rogers crashed. Two monuments now on the National Register of Historic Places are located at the crash site.

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Saving a girl

March 5, 2007 at 2:42 pm (Uncategorized)

Any war couldn’t be little and imperceptible. There are always deaths, sufferings, losses and fears. The war is always cruel and heartless. In many wars people died and didn’t understand the purpose of their fighting.

I’ve read an article “Saving Tenneh” about one little girl who was injured in 1995 during the vicious civil war in southern Sierra Leone, on the west coast of Afrika. This child was in the edge of life and death, but good, kind people helped her to survive.

Everything began when two people heard the sound of crying in the night. They’d found a little girl of about four. She was injured and she couldn’t even speak, and the couple wanted to help her. Tenneh needed the medical help, but the nearest hospital was in the village that was in rebel hands. Malomoh (name of the man who found Tennah) decided to get to that hospital. When they came to the medical hospital rebels began to kick Malomoh. They thought he was a government “spy”. But he persuaded them to help the girl. Nurse tried to help her, but girl needed the full medical review.

It took 250 miles for Malomoh to reach Freetown, where Tennah joined 23  other orphans. She was talen to a hospital, where “an X ray revealed something astonishing: a bullet behind her right eye. It had been there for almost a year”. Slowly she was losing her hearing. She needed a surgery.

In few weeks Marc Cook, who was known for his raising money to rebuild orphannages in Croatia, Bosnia and Albania, has found little girl. He also wanted to help her and he removed her to England for full survey.

In few days at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital were examining X rays. Surgeons were shocked how the girl could survive with such big piece of metal in the head. But there was no way back and they decided to operate.

On may 14, 1996, Tenneh was carried into the operation room. After long surgery there was success. At the end of May Tennah returned to the Makeni orphanage. “She was responed well at the school for deaf children, where she was learning to use a hearing aid and lip-read in English”. In few months Tennah had visitors. At first, Malomoh with his wife came to see Tennah. They were delighted with her progres. Then came Mark Cook who was the main person in saving Tennah. When she saw hin she smiled “of a pure joy”.

Such people as Malomoh and Mark Cook are the example of tenderness and couragness. It is a great pleasure to read about such great people.

Moller David. “Saving Tennah.” Reader’s Digest September 1998: 70-76.

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