Sharing the Same Passion for Improving the Lives of Children

By Valentina Korbar, a student of MA program in Child Development, 2017-2018 Cohort.

Today was the last day of classes in my M.A. Program in Child Development at University of Haifa, and I still cannot believe that this academic year is almost over.

I know I cannot yet understand all the processes and changes that I went through this year but I do know that going to study in ISRAEL was the best decision I have ever made….well, I still question if this was my decision or it was the work of a “higher” force, but it HAPPENED and this is all that matters.

For the past 10 months, I have been studying with students from 17 countries (Albania, Georgia, Uganda, Tanzania, China, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Myanmar, Kenya, Malawi, Liberia, DR of Congo, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Nepal and Nigeria) with different professional backgrounds (psychology, law, social work, medicine, education,…)…sharing the same passion for improving the lives of children and their families.

Child Dev Cohort
Students of the 2017-2018 Cohort, International MA in Child Development

Together we went through an enriching academic journey; we explored areas of developmental psychology, psychopathology, neuroscience, cognitive and language development, intervention and prevention, methodology and statistics, parenting… Our different national, social, religious, cultural and professional backgrounds triggered extremely interesting long-lasting discussions, which broadened my horizons and improved my insightfulness. I noted the obvious differences among us, but at the same time I have learned ” we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike “.

Although I sometimes complained about the program – there is no doubt – it gave me food for thought, inspiration & ideas for future work and encouraged me to aim higher, to dream bigger. Last, and most important it gave me FRIENDS FOR LIFE!

I would like to thank each and every one of you for sharing your knowledge with me and making this journey invaluable. I LOVE YOU!

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