Tania, where are you from and how did you come to Germany?
I spent my first 17 years of life in a small city Rivne in the West of Ukraine, and then moved to Kyiv to study finance and business administration at the Kyiv National University of Economics. By chance, I was offered to spend an exchange semester at our partner university in Marburg, Hessen. Normally, as a Ukrainian student, you do not have a lot of opportunities to obtain international experience, so agreed at once. During my stay, I really loved the country and the people. It is hard to explain, but in Germany you have a feeling that the whole country is functioning as a single well-tuned mechanism, and that every single thing has its place.
What are the reasons to study in Germany and at WHU?
After my exchange semester, I wanted to spend some more time in Germany, since I felt there were still a lot of things left for me to learn from here. As to the university, WHU was initially not my #1 preference, but I changed my mind immediately after coming to Vallendar for an interview day. First of all, WHU struck me with its very personalized approach to the selection of prospective students. Admission decisions were not taken solely on the basis of faceless application papers here. This was not the case at the rest of universities I applied to, and this made WHU stand out of the crowd, and namely of a very renowned one. Second, I was impressed by the fact that alumni, who had left WHU many years ago, still cared about the future of the university and devoted their time to come here in order to interview WHU’s prospective students. This could be only because they appreciated experience they have had at WHU.
What do you hope for or expect from the next 18 months?
I cannot say about next 18 months yet, but I definitely know now what my next 6 months will look like. The workload is high and it took me some time to get used to the new system. So I will spend most of my time on studies. The good thing is that the studies are exciting: courses are mostly practice-oriented and professors love their job and are inspiring. And I am definitely looking forward my exchange semester, since it is a lifetime opportunity for me to see some other part of the world, for instance, Asia. In terms of communication, it would be nice to get to know classmates better. We are all running like crazy from one case study group to the other, and there are many other things left to do, but I still hope to find time to come closer with people.
Tania, why is this scholarship important for you?
For me, goal of Master studies is not only obtaining a diploma, but rather gaining solid knowledge that can be applied in life, building a personal network that can be leveraged later on and getting international experience. WHU is a perfect place to achieve all these goals, but without the InPraxi Scholarship I would not have afforded myself to study here: it would have been impossible for me even to obtain a student loan, as for a non-EU citizen, but a citizen of a CIS country.
Huge alumni’s support of WHU is the thing that struck me during my first acquaintance with the university, and I as a student continue to notice this support in everything. I believe, WHU would not have been so successful, if there were no people who helped it from outside. Therefore I want to say Thank You to all the alumni for your input in creating this university and an especially Big Thank You for helping me to become a part of this community.