The first time when I thought about studying in the US happened when I was probably 14. World-class education with the best professors and brightest students from many countries was my dream. When you add the applied learning process and the whole liberal arts and sciences education system, the advantages of studying in America were crystal clear for me.

However, it was only a thought and, frankly, I did almost nothing, except for learning English, to make my dream come true. Fortunately, in the fall of 2018, I saw an ad saying that there would be a U.S. college fair and I’d have a chance to talk with representatives of different universities. Being skeptical about that, I decided to attend it, and I bet this decision changed my life a lot.
I became a member of the Competitive College Club in November of 2018, and it’s not only this community that helps prospective students become more prepared to apply to US universities but also a vibrant and supportive community of great people, many of whom are now my close friends. I definitely recommend you to apply to become a member of the CCC.
I started my college application process pretty late, only in June or July of 2019. Believe me, it wasn’t easy, but it was surely interesting. Trust me, you’ll discover so many things about yourself, and it will give you a lot of inspiration, in addition to the improvement in your level of English. I applied to two dozen universities and only 6 say they’d be happy to see me on campus. Right now I’m enrolled in Missouri Western State University, where I won the full scholarship that covers almost all of my expenses, except for my personal ones and the cost of textbooks.
I do remember the morning when I received a letter of admission from my university. It was Wednesday, April 15 th , 2020. As I usually was doing it, I checked my email in the early morning when I had woken up. I saw an email from the director of the admissions and sighed. I thought it’d be another rejection letter. I bet I couldn’t breathe for a second when I saw the word “Congratulations!” That second was one of the best moments of my life. I got a full-ride scholarship from a state university as a test-optional applicant! Who would’ve thought that it’d happen, but it did, and I’m really happy about that.
The final thing I want to tell you is that everything is possible, including studying in the US while paying literally nothing for it. You should always give it a try, even if everyone else believes it’s impossible or you’re not capable of achieving your goal.
Artemiy Udovenko
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Start your journey to gain admission to U.S. colleges and universities with EducationUSA Russia — an official and reliable source of information on U.S. higher education.
Here are simple steps to take:
1
Register at the EducationUSA Russia website, fill out your profile and check off the activities you would like to attend
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2
Start the self-paced online 120 Credits program for undergraduate students
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Attend an individual consultation after seven days upon successful program completion with a designated adviser to develop a personal strategic plan to apply to U.S. colleges and universities

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