Who am I?
My name is Evgeniia Tokmakova. I was born in 1999 in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, which is quite large. In 2010, I spent a year studying at a middle school in Bulgaria, and then I returned to Russia. In 2018, after graduating, I made the decision to relocate to the Czech Republic. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Musicology, but afterward, I realized that I wanted to pursue a program more suited to my interests. In 2022, I began my second bachelor's degree at KISK, and halfway through the year, I transitioned into the master's program at the same institution. I initially had doubts about joining the master's program because it was a new field for me, but one of the students encouraged me.
I am proficient in four languages: Russian, English, Bulgarian, and Czech. I have a passion for learning languages because it allows me to connect with people on a deeper level and gain insight into their cultures. 
One of my creative outlets is photography, which I have been practicing since 2020. I enjoy how photography combines elements of creativity, psychology, financial literacy, business acumen, soft skills, and project management.
What is my motivation to study at KISK?
Throughout my entire bachelor's degree, I felt lost. I constantly asked myself: What am I doing? Where am I heading? Can I see myself in this field of study? This existential uncertainty led to stress and depression as I grappled with the realization that I had no clear direction in life. It wasn't until 2020 when I discovered my passion for photography that I began to discern my path. I realized that I wanted an educational program that embraced a creative approach and offered not only theoretical knowledge but also extensive practical experience.
One of my friends spoke enthusiastically about her experiences at KISK, and her energy was contagious. I had heard so much about the personalized approach that KISK offers, the diverse range of subjects available for study, and the myriad opportunities it presents. Perhaps my primary motivation is to discover my true self, determine my passions, and pinpoint exactly what I want to pursue in life. I view KISK as a platform that enables me to engage in a variety of projects, allowing me to introspect and distinguish what truly resonates with me.
What are my expectations and goals?
During my time studying Musicology, our group was quite small, eventually consisting of only three people. At KISK, I'm eager to make new friends and collaborators with whom I can embark on ambitious projects and mutually support each other. I anticipate encountering engaging and practical courses that will not only enhance my academic abilities but also have real-world applications. Accumulating practical experience and participating in various projects are also high on my agenda. These opportunities will enable me to showcase my capabilities and what I can achieve. I eagerly await challenges that will further fortify my skills.
Additionally, I've begun exploring subjects from the Informatics Faculty, focusing on graphic design, typography, and animation. I have high hopes that this will help me refine my skills and potentially provide me with the chance to explore a career as a graphic designer.

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