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Studying in the US Is Just a Step Away

Georgia | English Access Microscholarship Program | 30 Nov 2015




Success
Dianne Zhambakhidze was once a shy and silent student, but that was before she enrolled in Access. It took her nearly a year to find her voice, but now she is one of the most helpful and friendly members of the group. Peers admire her diligence and hard work and always pay extra attention to what she has to say in class when she answers questions and gives advice on homework problems.

Overview
Back in the fall of 2015 Dianne gathered all her courage and registered in the first round of the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) competition. She was sure nothing would come out of it, but decided to give it a try for the sake of experience. Today she is a semi-finalist and waits to hear about the final results in April 2016.

“I am so very lucky to be part of the Access program. One thing I can say for sure is that it is very different from all my other classes. Access is much more fun and much more interesting,” chimes Dianne. “I can’t believe I‘m just one step away from being a finalist of the FLEX program. You know, I would not even be a participant in the competition if it weren’t for my teachers. They insisted that I should give it a try. I am so, so very grateful that they did!” she voiced, showing her excitement. “I feel that I have 24 friends (sorry, 26 including the teachers) who I can trust and count on at all times. Access is my family!” she concluded and wiped a tear from her cheek.

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Studying in the US Is Just a Step Away | 30 Nov 2015

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In her e-mail addressed to her Access Program English teacher, Nino wrote: “The Access Program prepared me so well for this experience! All those meetings that we had with the FLEX alumni and all the opportunities to come closer to American culture are helping me now to beat the culture shock and settle in. My family and I will never stop feeling deep gratitude to the Access Program, which played a huge role in enhancing not only my English language skills, but also developing my self-confidence and leadership qualities and prepared me for my present experiences.”
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