#Люди_УКУ – [People_UCU] is a project in which we tell about staff, students, and professors of our university who every day, brick by brick, are building UCU’s unrepeatable community.
“UCU is not a magic place that changes people, but a place that attracts good people and creates an environment which is different from all others. I call this a large concentration of good people in one square meter,” says Fr. Andriy Shestak, Director of the UCU School of Journalism and Communications, priest, husband, father, and Executive Secretary of the Pastoral Council of the UGCC Patriarchal Curia.
Some facts about Fr. Andriy:
- bearded, trusting, hard-working (in Fr. Andriy’s words);
- As a child, he wanted to be a chemist, because he liked to mix various elements and create something new, which could not exist earlier without certain interaction. He compares chemistry with the priesthood, inasmuch as you create something new, you form either new elements or a new community;
- He lived three years in Italy (where he earned a licentiate in institutional communications);
- He’s a person who opposes generally-accepted inadequate norms and rules;
- From an early age he loves computer games. He spends 20 minutes a day on them;
- favorite phrase “and so on”:)
What do you love most about UCU?
What I love most about UCU is a European character in Ukraine. Returning after three years in Western Europe, it was hard for me to understand the logic of daily life in Ukraine, to get used to our mentality again. So UCU became an incredible environment in which I understood that people who speak in the Ukrainian language can have the same values, views, and the same manner of relating that I got used to in Western Europe. So it was fairly easy for me to join in and work with people here, inasmuch as we had the same desires: quality education, changes in society, training professionals. I feel like I’ve found my place.
What is your advice for UCU students?
UCU is a non-standard, non-traditional institution of higher education, but very open. When you come here, it’s important to remember who you are, who you were and where you came from, to respect, love, honor, and help develop this environment, and not sit down and start complaining, because it’s always possible to create something better and bigger.
Photo and text: Oleksandra Petrivska, student of the UCU School of Journalism and Communications