Maria Shostak, University Student, Kyiv

A new day brings a new hope. We all inevitably expect some positive changes to enter into our lives.
And as the rainy autumn days change for the snowy miracle of winter on the 1st of December, our belief becomes as strong as never before.

Today is Sunday. It is one of my favorite days since I can always sleep well and save enough energy for the rest of the working week. This might be generally true for 52 Sundays in the year 2013 but not for the one on the 1st of December.

I have to get up at 6.30 a.m. Today I am taking the test in Chinese (HSK) and I cannot be late. I have been preparing for it for quite a long time. I promised my friends from Taiwan to accept the challenge of HSK 4 which is the 4th level comprising 1200 Chinese words and more than 1500 Chinese characters.

This test means a lot to me. It is the expression of my gratitude for the kindness and hospitality of Taiwanese people, for every effort they put into teaching me Chinese and introducing the authentic traditional Chinese culture.

I reached the Institute of Philology within approximately one hour. The test started at 8.30 and we finished in 3 hours.

After talking with my friends and sharing our impressions about the tasks in the test, I went out into the street. There were many people with Ukrainian flags from all over Ukraine gathering in front of the Red Building of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

Ukrainians continue striving for their right to the better future of Ukraine. We think the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement will be a significant step towards building up a democratic society and economic prosperity in the country.

I understand Ukraine will face many difficulties and hardships before implementing the European standards into legislation and production. However, most of the people and students in Ukraine are ready to accept this challenge because we all know that a new day brings a new hope for us and our country.

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