Student Spotlight, Life at KU

Hawk Highlight: Evgenii Gaslev


Hello. My name is Evgenni Gaslev, from Moscow, Russia. I came to the KU AAP to work on my English and eventually pursue a degree in Architecture. Here is my story.

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Choosing KU

I decided to study in America, because during my internship in Moscow I  noticed that some employees, with the same jobs, were making more money if they had a degree from a school in Europe or America than a degree from other countries.

I thought about going to study with my sister in Britain, but you first had to take a foundation year before attending the university. Luckily, instead of having to take a foundational year, I was able to join the University of Kansas Academic Accelerator Program where I could begin taking college classes immediately as well as work on my English.

The only things was, I had never heard of KU, so I began looking online, and really liked the Jayhawk mascot and how the town gathered together to watch basketball games and other KU events. I also really like that it’s in a smaller town, so I can focus on my studies and travel around easily.

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KU Experience

Everyone is friendly here. I remember I arrived a day early for school and was staying at a hotel in Lawrence. I noticed I had forgotten to buy an adapter for my phone to charge on American outlets. Luckily, one of the hotel staff members volunteered to take me to Walmart to buy a new one, and he didn’t even charge me for the trip!

I see this all the time in Lawrence, just people helping each other out. Also, our classes here are very different from the ones I took in Russia. In Russia, our teachers lectured to students, and we would just take notes; but here, it’s more about interaction between students and teachers, so not only do students learn from teachers, but also teachers learn from students.

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Funny Thing is….

I used to play ultimate Frisbee at the KU Ultimate Frisbee team’s practice sessions, and it was a lot of fun, because I’ve been playing for a couple years now. I was there up to 3 times a week to play, but now I spend more time studying because performing well at school is also important to me.

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