Anisa Atalova: “I’ll answer the question – ‘Who are you?’ by ‘I am the alumna of AUCA’”

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Sir James Mirrlees, the winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Economics, during his speech at the 2016 AUCA Commencement Ceremony has noted that in today’s world, the nationality, origin or ethnic background is no longer a thing the person is identified by. Now, it is more appropriate for me to answer the question- “Who are you?” by “I am the alumna of AUCA”. I have already used this response several times and every time I felt immense pride and loved the feeling of belongingness to the big family of my alma mater.

Having a clear vision of studying at AUCA from 6th grade, I have never regretted about my choice in the past four years of my studies. AUCA has given me the education, possibilities and network that I would not get anywhere else in the world, which would suit my future aspirations so perfectly.  Moreover, I was extremely lucky to receive United States Central Asian Education Foundation’s scholarship, which really helped me to concentrate on my studies and get the most out of the time spent at the University.

I want to express my deepest gratitude to the Business Administration and Economics department professors for their support and open-mindedness.  Special “thank you” goes to Natalia Korosteleva, Zarylbek Kudabaev, Olga Galimova, Steven Lustig and Jean-Baptiste Jault for their huge legacy contributed to my worldview and career path.  I want also to thank my fellow students and friends for the constant challenges and “adventure-times” that kept me excited all along the university journey.

Now, after having a huge privilege of getting a strong foundation at AUCA, I feel duty-bound to become a worthy member of the AUCA alumni association and of the whole world.

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