All posts by aigulseidaliyeva

Social media is an amazing tool, but it’s really the face-to-face interaction that makes a long-term impact. Felicia Day

 

Do you feel you can’t stop checking your social networking sites as Facebook, Vkontakte, Classmates  profile every 5 minutes? Are you irritated when internet is not available? Congratulations! You are “lucky” to be among those who suffer from reliance on social networks.

Social networks firmly entered our lives. Kazakhstan is not at the top of the world internet users yet, but, it seems to be simply matter of time. Just look around, I am sure you have got many friends or relatives who are engaged at least in one account in social networks which is used every day. For many of us social networks profile is like the reflection of our personality, it is like our parallel life. It is impossible to imagine us without this virtual life.

Psychologists raise alarm that more and more people spend their time in social networks. At the beginning they think they are just hanging out, further it develops into pathological dependence. As a result a day passed without internet and social networks seems to be an icky day.

A lot is said and written about social networking sites potential harm and risks, and not only to the health. An online user looses contacts with real life. The more time he spends on these social media sites, the less time he will spend socializing in person with others. This certainly reduces his communication skills. He will not be able to communicate and socialize effectively in person with others. However, these social networking sites can be very beneficial for keeping up with family members, friends, colleagues, etc. who live far away.  So they can then experience all the things that someone does, and comment on them. Then, they share in the experience, rather than just being “informed” about them during weekly phone calls. Although social media can be great to keep in touch with friends and family, it is still really important to have live in person contact with your friends and family.

So in short, a social networking site has innumerable pros and cons. What is needed is awareness among people about the cons while enjoying the pros of it, I think.

 

 

 

To travel or not to travel?

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I was often curious why people travel around the world, having asked some of my friends I got these answers “just for fun” or “meet new people”. But, I think,  the  importance of travelling is something more we can write about. The Russian writer Ivan Bunin wrote “there are 3 things which can make people happy; love, interesting work and opportunity to travel”. I was always wondering how travelling can make a person happy, to my way of thinking, it was possible to be happy never leaving your town, city or country, until I travelled myself. Only then, I understood that travelling change people like no other thing. Launching out on a voyage, one can understand how the world is huge and small at the same time. When a person is free the globe is achievable for him, when he is limited he realizes how the world is gigantic. Having been abroad I understood that life consisted of gaining experience. The more you travel, the more knowledge, practice and broader outlook you have. Before becoming at home-mom, I used to  travel to another country at least twice a year. It could be a business trip, vacation journey or just visiting friends and relatives living beyond the ocean. Now, when it is impossible to go on a journey with my little ones, I often recall my travel memories. On the other hand,  I hope we will start up our tours again when the kids will grow up. It develops that  children benefit academically from travelling. British researchers found that in order to be successful in school, children should circle the globe. Trips with parents provide intercultural communication skills, kids become more curious, confident and have greater tolerance. They create original ideas and dreams, have huge interest to life (Duel, 2013). So this is another motivation for us not to stop travelling.

One more point,  in my humble opinion, travelling when you  are young and full of energy is the best option.  When you are not bounded with job, bank credits and family obligations. Young people are usually easy-going and open-minded. It is time when you can learn a lot of  new, interesting things and make friends.

Anyway, do travel, whether you are young or not, single or married, with kids or without. It is neither difficult nor frightful as it seems to be. It worth it.

Duel., A. (2013). British researchers found, school students benefit from travelling.  Retrieved from  http://www.kp.ru/daily/26076/2982418/

How not to procrastinate or tips for students to never miss a deadline

To be sincere, each of  us procrastinated  at least once in life, and there can be a bunch of reasons for  that; ineffective use of time, not planning beforehand, a habit to put off  tasks, etc. But the worst is that the habit can become a chronic problem.People procrastinate just because they let the low-priority tasks get in the way of high-priority tasks, thus putting aside writing a project or an assignment until the last minute. The illusion of  having a lot of time prevents us from starting doing the things in time and on time.

 

First of all,  manage your time effectively. Time management is not only a fashionable word-combination,  it is a control over your time and index of your productivity. Plan your daily, weekly and even monthly activities in advance. It is useful to have a printed out visual schedule template hanging over your working table. Though, creating a to-do list is considered to be an old-fashioned way, check on each item on your list. So you will be always aware of assignments or projects due date.

Another useful tip to meet a deadline is setting a goal. Sometimes there is a temptation to shelve a business for tomorrow, as a famous American entrepreneur, businessman, author and founder of several successful companies Stephen Key (2013) hypothesizes occasionally troubles and barriers cannot be avoided, we may never know when and where they are coming from. It is better not to put aside doing important things. As a Spanish proverb says “tomorrow is the busiest day of the week”. Establish a goal to tackle the matter and bring it to an end.

To complete the task successfully some students need an intrinsic motivation, it can be  a high grade, a possibility of having more free time after  finishing the assignment on time or a  satisfaction which comes after the achievement of a difficult task. Choose your inspiration and go ahead!

Be grateful to yourself when you finish the task.  Make yourself small rewards like a bar of chocolate, a good movie or take a walk outside breathing some fresh air.

As a student how do you struggle with procrastination?

What are your strategies to meet the deadlines?Procrastination-Quotes-19

References

Key., S. (2013). 5 Tips to Never Miss a Deadline. Retrieved from http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/230462

 

 

A graduate degree and three children; it is possible

BLOG 2The spring semester has just started. Looking back, I realize how much efforts have been done to pass in all subjects with good grades. To be honest,  I was not sure that it is possible to be a mother in academia. Yes, I am a graduate mother student of three wonderful kids, and I am excited over the upcoming birth of my fourth one. It is natural to ask, what is the reason of my pursuing the master’s degree, when I have to be fully  involved in raising a family. The answer is, it is never too late to learn. I had been an at home-mother for eight years, by that time I held already master’s degree in humanities. But it is not about degree, it is more about finding my true vocation. Here at NUGSE  I am studying Inclusive Education. That’s what I am mostly interested in – that’s my cup of tea.

Before applying to Nazarbayev University I had not figured out how I would maintain being both a mother and a student. I was worried I could not be as smart as other graduates, I doubted to be able to write a good research paper, as it seemed to me impossible to fully devote yourself to study. On the other hand, I was nervous about my family, the thought that the kids would suffer from lack of my care and attention did not leave me. However, I am lucky to have a supportive husband and parents, they are always ready to help and even took household chores from my shoulders. To tell the truth, it is not easy to be a grad mom, it requires a strong organization and flexibility. I feel like I have to be an extremely productive to survive finals. I always have a plan, and I have overcome procrastination which helps tremendiously. Usually, I  start working on assignments only when kids are in bed, in general, I was morally ready to have sleepless nights and set strategies to meet deadlines. Now, I am proud of myself as I am not a housewife anymore, yes,  I am struggling to balance parenthood and school, but, my children are my life’s precious gifts, and they inspire me to go forward and make investment in my future career. People keep asking me how it feels to be an academic mother, based on my experience, I can say it is possible to be a master student whilst being a mom.