How time flies! It hardly seems possible but it will soon be three years since I entered the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. I am in my third year now.
Our institute was founded in 1946 from one of the departments of Moscow State University. MIPT’s founding fathers were Kapitsa, Landau and Semenov. At that time there were only 2 departments housed in one or two buildings in a small town of Dolgoprudny near Moscow. Now we have 9 departments and our campus has got several educational buildings, some for the hall of residence( the hostel), a canteen, numerous sports facilities and even our own Bank of Innovation and Developments.
The standard six-year program of study includes the four-year Bachelor of Science program and then two-year Master of Science program. Students must complete the full six-year education cycle to qualify for the State Diploma of Engineer in Applied Physics and Mathematics with their respective specialties.
When at school I concentrated on Physics and Maths. Letting the other subjects go, I worked intensively on my favourites. That’s why “Phys Tech” was my first choice. If you put on a list all the higher educational institutions in Russia, Phys-tech University can be put on the top; following may be Moscow State University.
The entrance exams to the Institute are very demanding. You should have a very good maths and physics background to be able to pass these exams. So I joined The Institute Correspondence School and took a number of tests there. I also took part in Olympiads. Fortunately, my efforts were not in vain .
As far as I know, the first year at the Institute is one of the most difficult, and the main difficulty is to get used to a new way of life. Forms of teaching are different from those at school: lectures, seminars, practical classes at base institutes, elective courses both in the Arts and Sciences. During the first three years, the students attend the required classes full- time from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. or even 8:00 p.m. with one 105-minute break, five days a week. Later, students begin to participate in the research projects, which take from 20% of their time on the fourth year to up to 100% of the time on the six year. Every student takes at least 10 courses each year during the first three years of study. Besides, you should be prepared to work several hours a day on your own. If you’ve got a problem, teachers and senior students are eager to offer you every support.
Most students get accommodation at the Institute hostels. I live in a two-person room, although it is not a usual thing: most hostel rooms accommodate three students. I share a big kitchen with the other students in the hostel. I sometimes cook there but I usually have meals at the institute.
Living in the hostel is a kind of test for you – to learn to find time for both studies and fun. There is always such a temptation to enjoy yourself in the company of people of your age who are, like you, away from home for the first time. There are lots of interesting things around you and so many nice people to communicate with.You’d like to spend most of your time with them, listening to music, talking, playing computer games. I know a lot of people who don’t attend most of their classes because these classes are not compulsory. But they are mainly senior students. For the first three years most of the students work hard. They have reasons for that because otherwise they will never manage the curriculum to stay at University. Moreover, the final exams at the end of the course are based on the first three years’ studies.
Quite a number of students face the problem of making ends meet: the grant is not very high. For this reason they have to start working part-time. But in this case they’ve got great difficulty in catching up on what they have missed.
Although students are very busy with their studies, they do find time to go in for sports, watch video films, listen to music, read books. The daily schedule allows for different kinds of gatherings, all aimed at helping students to get to know each other to enjoy life at the Institute. There are quite a lot of societies for almost every activity under the sun: dramatic and sport societies, music and video clubs. In the term time we get a regular stream of politicians, scientists, musicians and so on. Students probably get more out of talking and listening at these clubs and societies than from any other side of the Institute life.
Students have every opportunity to exercise, to engage in sports. The campus has got several tennis courts, an outdoor basketball court, a swimming pool, a stadium and some gyms. The neighborhood is good for jogging, hiking and cross-country skiing.
One should also mention some pleasant customs such as “The Phystech song festival”, “The Initiation”and the famous “Match of the Century” held in spring every year. Unfortunately, some other good traditions seem to have ceased.
In conclusion, I have to say that I enjoy every bit of my life here. I hope the experience gained at the Institute will be of great use to me in future.
hardly – едва ли, почти не
to enter an institute – поступить в институт ( в английском нет предлога!)
to graduate from the institute – закончить институт
to found - основывать
a department – факультет, отделение
a canteen - столовая
facilities – помещение, оборудование
Bachelor of Science - бакалавр
Master of Science - магистр
to let smth. go –пускать на самотек, не обращать внимания
demanding – трудный, тяжелый, требующий много усилий
background – подготовка, знания
to join – присоединяться к , вступить в (в английском нет предлога!)
in vain – тщетный
to get used to smth. – привыкнуть к
elective – по выбору, не обязательный
Arts – гуманитарные науки
Sciences – естественные науки
to participate – участвовать
research – исследовательский
besides – кроме того
on your own – самостоятельно
senior – старший
to be eager – быть готовым сделать что-либо, стремиться
to offer – предлагать
to get accommodation – получать жилье
to accommodate – вмещать
to share – пользовать вместе ( дословно : делить)
a temptation – искушение
to attend – посещать
compulsory – обязательный
otherwise – иначе, в противном случае
to manage – справляться с чем-либо ( в английском без предлога!)
curriculum – учебный план
moreover – более того
to face a problem – столкнуться с проблемой
to make ends meet – свести концы с концами
a grant – стипендия
part-time – неполный рабочий день
to catch up on – догнать, наверстать
daily – ежедневный
schedule – расписание
gathering – собрание, встреча
aimed at – нацеленный на
a society – общество. клуб, кружок
a term – семестр
we get a regular stream of – к нам постоянно приезжают
to engage in – заниматься ( to go in for)
a gym – спортзал
hiking – походы, долгие пешие прогулки
cross-country skiing – катание на лыжах по пересеченной местности
to mention – упоминать
a custom – традиция, обычай
initiation – посвящение
to cease – прекратиться, исчезнуть
conclusion – заключение
to gain – получить, приобрести
Radio Engineering and Cybernetics
General and Applied Physics
Aerophysics and Space Research
Molecular and Biology Physics
Physical and Quantum Electronics
Aeromechanics and Flying Engineering ( located in Zhukovsky)
Control/Management and Applied Mathematics
Problems of Physics and Power Engineering
Department of Innovation and High Technology