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The Ideal Higher Education Model for My Country (Bulgaria)

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OmniPapers Writing Contest - Silviya Damyanova, "The Ideal Higher Education Model for My Country"

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The Ideal Higher Education Model for My Country (Bulgaria)

  1. 1. The ideal higher education model for my country Alex lovedsingingandplayingherguitar.She alsoadoredlisteningtomusicandattendinglivesshows. She was sofascinatedwiththe magicof musicand the flow of tunes.Andshe was more determined than everthatthisis whatshe woulddofor living,itmeantthe worldtoher.So she decidedthatwhen she graduatedfromhighschool she wouldpursue adegree inmusic.She spenthourspracticingeach and everyday,andshe enjoyedeverysecondof herrehearsalsandeverytune she sangandplayed. She alsostudiedhard.Andwhenshe graduatedshe gotacceptedto one of the mostprestigiousmusic academies.She wassoproudand happywithherachievement. She wasn’tdistractedwithfinancial concerns,because the tuitionandboardingfeeswere affordable and she wona scholarshipforherexceptional academicandartisticaccomplishments. From the momentshe steppedoncampusshe wasnot treatedasa student,whose onlydutyistostudy and complete homeworkassignments,butasa musicindustryprofessional,whoisalreadyinthe business.She gotinstantsense of howitall worked andfelt.Anditfeltgreat.She knew thatshe had alreadystartedbuildinghercareerandshe was gettingcloserandcloserto reachinghergoal. The curriculuminher university wasupdated everysingle year,sothatitkeptpace withthe extremely rapidlyevolvingindustry,andall the emergingtrends. The campuswasfacilitatedwithstate-of-the-art professionalmusicequipment,allowingstudentstomake highqualityrecordings,competitive tothe recordingstudiosof majorlabels. The peoplewhotaughtthe lectureswere currentlyactive practitionersinthe field,runningrecordlabels,recordingstudios,publishingcompanies;some of them were eventouringartists.Theirlessonswere notbasedonthe drystatisticswritteninthe textbooks,but on real life experience,theywere teachinghow thingscurrentlyworkedinthe fieldanddidn’taskthe studentstorememberoutdateduselessinformation.Insteadtheyencouragedthemtofocuson practical informationandexperience,toactivelyparticipate inall typesof discussionsandworkshops and to performeachand everyday,sothat theycouldbuildtheirmusicianshipandtraintheirears,so theybecame betterandbetter. The classeswere notheldinthe typical way(aclass roomwithdesks, the professorspeakingandstudentstakingnotes).The roomsinwhichthe lecturestookplace strongly resembledthe authenticworkingenvironmentof aprofessional musician.Theywere designedwiththe purpose of inspirationtobooststudents’creativityandartisticproductivity.The facultyrequiredthe studentstoactivelyparticipate inthe lecturesthroughdiscussionsandaskedthemtogive their thoughts,opinionsandideasoneverysubject. Itwasamazingwhatinnovative projectswere builtasa resultof these seeminglysimpleevery-dayconversations. The rehearsal roomswere alsoprovidedwithprofessionalequipmentandhadperfectsoundisolation panels,sothe oneswhowere practicingthere hada peaceful environmenttofocusontheirmusic,build theirskillsupandcreate theirownmasterpieces. But the studentsdidn’tspendall of theirtime oncampus.Actuallytheyattendedthe workingareasof differentcompanies,partneringwiththe university.There,theyhadthe opportunitytoassist professionalsindifferentfieldsof the industryandeventocollaborate withsignedartists.They
  2. 2. developedcontactsandrelationshipseverysingle day,andwere buildingtheirnetworkconsistently. Andwe all knowhow importantnetworkisinordertobuilda successful career. Concertsand showcaseswere organizedoncampuseveryweekend,sothateveryone couldshow and developtheirskillsin bothlive performance andeventorganizing. A lotof companieswouldsendtalent recruitersandA&R scouts,so soonthe studentsreceivedinvitationstoperformonoff campusevents and recordmusicfor differentcommercial projects. Thanksto the collaborativerelationshipsof the university,all the studentswere activeparticipantsin everyindustryconference,where theyacquiredmore contacts,knowledge,experience and opportunitiestoexpose theirtalentsandworkwithaward-winningprofessionals. The grades at the endof eachterm were basedmainlyonthe practical performance of the students.As for the theorytheywere requiredtoknow onlythe mostcurrentinformationthattheyneeded. But these fouryearsone spendsincollege are notjustfor professional development.Formanyit’sthe firsttime you’re awayfromhome onyour own.So youneedlife skillsandyouare exploringyourself to unlockabilitiesyouneverknewyoupossess. So Alex receivedvaluablelifeexperience,aswell .Anexperience, whichgotherout of her comfortzone and pushedher to the limits,makingherexplore whatshe could actuallydoanddevelop her full potential;anexperience,which developedherstaminaandresilience,andwhich broadenedhermind and made hermore tolerantand open-minded;anexperience,which made herenterthe college forthe lasttime on hergraduationwithtearsin her eyes,because she wantedtorelive itoverandoveragain. She builtlife-longfriendshipsandtofeltthe supportshe neededtobuildherself up notonlyasa professionalbutalsoasa person.Andmostof all a muchbetterversionof hergraduated fromthis college. On the graduationceremony,Alex proudlyacceptedherregaliaandhonors,asshe graduatedwith excellence.She wasfull of excitementandemotions.Butitwasnot onlybecause of herexceptional academicachievement,butalsobecause she wasleavingcollege havingseveraljoboffersandrecording projectsawaitingheronthe otherside.She feltthatall the effortsduringthese 4yearswere worth; everysecondof hardwork wasnow rewardingher.Hertalentgotnoticedandshe had put solid foundationsforhercareer,whichwere goingtotake heron top. Didyou like Alex’ssuccessstory?She hadall of this,because she acquiredhertraininginahighly collaborative highereducationsystem.Andthisisexactlythe systemIconsidertobe ideal formy country.Because employersseekforexperiencedjobapplicants,notfordiplomas,basedonoutdated theory;because upongraduationwe are becomingindependentpeople,whoneedlife skillsinorderto handle all the situations –personal andprofessional –thatlife putsthemthrough;because inorderto fullydevelopourpotential we needtobe pushedtoourlimits,completelyoutof ourcomfortzones,but we alsoneedsupportandmentoringalongthistoughroad;because we needtodiscoverourlife purpose andlearnto followitnomatterwhat.Andwe needtoreceive thiseducationandskillsform
  3. 3. people whospeakourlanguage.Inorderforus to thinkoutof the box,we neededucatorswhothink out of the box,whowill provoke ustobe creative. For some itmightsoundlike utopia.Butforme itis a completelyachievable andextremelywellworking highereducationsystemthatshouldbe adoptedinmycountryinorderto booststudents’successand produce well-trainedprofessionalsinall industries.

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