Timofey has entered the Unversity of Surrey founded in 1891. The university has garnered the highest international critical acclaim for its scientific research — in the fundamental and applied sciences. It is within the top 10 British universities according to The Guardian.

What are you studying?

I study economics.

Why did you make such a choice?

While studying at school, I realized that it was not disgusting for me to continue studying mathematics in the future, but pure mathematics is pretty boring, so by adding a little "humanity" to it, I got what I was looking for, that is, economics.

What is your favorite subject at university?

The most intriguing for me was the subject of Contemporary issues in economics. I think the key here is not only that the subject is aimed at explaining the current situation in the UK and Europe, but also at holding a "debate". I liked the unique experience of confronting other students' opinions.

What surprised you the most in Britain?

I knew a lot about the academic achievements of universities, but campuses seemed to me only a sleeping area for students. In fact, there is everything here: from a huge sports park to clubs and bars.

What is the first new word in English you learned in England?

Pulchritude (beauty, attractiveness) was the first new word for me. A couple of English friends argued whether any of the foreigners in our hostel knew this word. No one did.

How did you spend your first day?

Apart from the boring check-in, the first day I spent with the people I met at one of the events of fresher's week. Actually, I met many of those with whom I communicate now in the first week.

What did you have to learn?

I think the hardest thing for me personally was getting used to cooking. I'm still trying to develop my culinary talent.

Favorite place in the city?

There is the city of Guildford near the university. It's relatively small, and considering how much there is on campus, I rarely go there, so I don't have a favorite place there.

Who do you communicate with and study with?

There are hardly enough fingers on both hands to count the home countries of all the students who study here. Most of them are Asians, but there are also Africans and Europeans, and everyone gets along well with each other. Personally, I communicate with several Englishpeople and guys from continental Europe.

What advice can you give to students taking A-levels?

First of all, you need to be patient, since the game is worth the candle. Perseverance is also very important. The exam will be what has been passed, so it is important to prepare hard. Oh, yes, you should definitely devote at least a couple of weeks to preparing a personal statement — it is important for admission to the desired university.