One of our active alumna-Lilia Mamikonyan’s mother shares her experience. If you still hesitate to let your child participate in the program, then you should read the article.
According to Lilia’s mother – Arevik, their whole family was excited about this opportunity – “Our family has always been for taking new opportunities, and for making use of them. We have always been eager to move on and be happy with achievements. Thus the opportunities of FLEX program really excited us. It allowed Lilia travel abroad, live in a big country, familiarize with other cultures and people, she had new surrounding and huge advantage to learn foreign language”.
Arevik’s advice for all parents is to provide their children with opportunities to be independent, participate in different programs. As she goes on – “Even if you turn out to be wrong, you should let them face challenges on their own. All that will enable them become smarter and more independent”.
When they received call from our office and learnt that Lilia became finalist, they were very happy, at the same time got concerned – “We were concerned how she would live in a foreign country, whereas she has never been on her own before. At a glance our concerns were extremely huge, but we did not have much time – in a week we were to go to a meeting. We did not even had enough time to think over; maybe it was even better. The more we thought, the difficult it would have been to make a decision. So we simply obtained her passport and wished her good luck”.
Arevik thinks that Lilia was not self-confidence, was fearful. But due to this one academic year she gained self-confidence, persistence, became self-organized, more involved in her school activities and community life. As her mother mentioned- “We welcomed a completely new person”.
Sisian is a small city with lot of problems. Since Lilia returned completely changed, she wanted to see her city developed. After she has been back she was selected as president of student council at her school and organized a number of interesting events. To mark the 20th anniversary of FLEX program in Syunik Lilia together with other FLEX alumni from different years organized “FLEX – 20 years in Syunik” summer camp. Children in Sisian and nearby villages were very excited about this opportunity. We wish Lilia success in her future endeavours.