My name is Habibullo Dusmatov, I am originally from Kokand, Uzbekistan and currently a student at Sol International School in Daejon, South Korea, and a former exchange student at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.
Uzbekistan, while rich in history, cuisine, architecture, and history, it is still a developing country, where an average monthly salary is around $200, which forces many Uzbeks to move abroad to remit money back to support families. Previously, my father had been supporting me throughout my studies but is, regrettably, now having a really hard time keeping up with my tuition.
On top of that, the loans we took out to treat my late mother's cancer (RIP 08/07/2016), a disease very difficult and expensive to treat within Uzbekistan, and losing her has piled on a considerable amount of stress on the family, causing my father to develop cardiac disorders. Even though I try to work part-time in any job possible, living a lifestyle as frugal as possible (not going out much if at all, focusing heavily on studies, etc), I am now unable to keep up with the living costs and tuition, which led to considering leaving my studies, but after over half the degree programme completed, a great deal of money (particularly by Uzbek standards), and only three semesters left ahead of me costing $3000 each, my father does not want me to sacrifice my studies and potential future career.
At present, I am studying in tourism and hospitality fields, which has been extremely rewarding and has allowed the opportunity to live, work, and study in two countries outside my motherland, expanded my horizons culturally, linguistically, and in regards to career paths in the future. I also have every intention of continuing to work alongside my studies, which have so far yielded excellent results which have allowed me to gain assistance in funding in the past, but like any other scholarship, this is not for the whole course, sadly.
Ultimately, I endeavour to return to Uzbekistan in 2021 and work within the Ministry of Tourism there in order to further bolster tourism within Uzbekistan and the Central Asian region on the world stage, making it a more attractive place for tourists to visit and further my prior experience of being a tour guide, interpreter, or general assistant for those within Uzbekistan.
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