UCU's campus during spring showing a tree beginning to flower

Spring on the UCU campus

High-schoolers from Siversk, a city in the Bakhmut District of Donetsk Region, visited Ukrainian Catholic University. It was in Lviv that the students met together for the first time since the start of the full-scale war.

“Russia’s full-scale invasion dispersed a number of young people to all the corners of Ukraine, and even of the world, but these 11th-graders from Siversk are an example of the fact that, despite two years at a distance, it’s possible to remain classmates and friends, to maintain contact with one’s teacher and, finally, to meet in Lviv on the UCU campus.” So explained Mariya Banyas, Director of Projects and Programs at the UCU Admissions Center.

The 11th-graders and their class director had a very full program in Lviv: they visited the city and the UCU campus, met with representatives of Building Ukraine Together at UCU’s Sheptytsky Center, and had training sessions on career guidance. The students also had an exercise in team-building and got acquainted with programs and possibilities that the university offers.

“We at the Admissions Center are glad to greet every high-schooler who comes for open house, visits, and consultation,” added Mariya Banyas, who led the exercise in team-building for the students.

The UCU Admissions Center gives a tour of the campus every Friday at 15:00. Visitors are asked to register in advance.

high schoolers listening to someone from UCU speak

Marta Tychenko, Director of UCU’s Student Career and Job Placement Office, conducted a master-class for the high-schoolers on career guidance. She said that choosing one’s professional path and major discipline at university is an important life task for each high-schooler. “Many factors influence this decision. They form the young person and determine the next steps regarding education and further growth.

“’What are my motives? What values are important for me? What about talents and skills?’ The applicant needs to answer these questions for him- or herself. On the other hand,” said Marta Tychenko, “it’s important to analyze what the labor market needs and what trends will be relevant in the near future”.

“These difficult questions are the basis for choosing a professional path. And this is, truly, not an easy task in the conditions of high school. To help high-schoolers as they search for and determine priorities, I have the pleasure of conducting lessons in career guidance for young people who come to events at the UCU Admissions Center. Each new group is special in its own way, because each time there are new questions, new expectations from the high-schoolers, who are talented and, without a doubt, have great potential. The high-schoolers from Siversk up to the start of the big war studied in one classroom. But the war changed everything. It dispersed them throughout Ukraine and the world. And for the first time in more than two years, they saw each other here in Lviv. To tell the truth, I can’t remember such an active group. It’s interesting that their first request was to find out more about UCU to a greater extent, about the environment and particularities of study here. And in the process of training about career guidance, the classroom became a place for reflection, discussion, and planning. I wanted to be with them all day, not just one hour. They’re focused, energetic, and value-oriented. It’s inspiring,” summed up Marta Tychenko.

Marta Tychenko speaking to high school students about career guidance

Master-class on career guidance with Marta Tychenko