Today is the third day of my psychological training. As previous two days, it was full of interesting information, activities and games. We shared our thoughts and feelings that overwhelmed us during a day. Everybody was glad to meet each other, especially Aidana (volunteer from school #28). She was glad to see her friends for she missed her classes at school that day. At the same time, Anelya (Aidana’s classmate) was happy Ainagul and me brought Nazarbayev University handbook for them. She is an excellent student, potential owner of “Altyn belgi” medal. She showed a great interest in NU since she found out we studied there. The girls asked a lot of questions that we decided to bring university handbook for they could see and read everything for themselves. Anelya was happy to get a handbook, I was happy to have my promise kept.

So we began our training. The psychologist of the center Zhanara prepped a rather interesting activity “Hills” for us to begin with. Our task was to form hills by different positions of our body, head, hands and feet. There was also a rock-climber, whose task was to overcome all dangerous curves repeating each form of the hills. At first, it seemed to be easy to accomplish the task, but when my turn came to be a rock-climber, I recognized that it only seemed to be easy. However, everything was all right. And the next activity we did was a bit difficult for me in comparison with the first one. I mean difficult from physical point of view. Again we arranged a circle and each member had a pen between a finger of hers and her neighbour’s to connect each other making a circle whole by it. Keeping a circle position, Zhanara asked us to do different movements altogether. On the other hand, we should not let a pen between our fingers fall on the floor. Some of us played at ease, others found some difficulties in controlling a pen from the right and from the left sides as well. Still we accomplished it perfectly, a circle remained whole in the end of the game. There is a curious thing I noticed about the games is that all of them somehow refer to a circle. A circle is a closed sphere with no breaks. A circle, we form during the games, means unity of each member of the group, I concluded for myself.

Further on, we listened to a lecture about the means of protection (contraception). And watched a cartoon “When a girl gets older…” on how a child is formed and developed along with the scientific explanations to the process. I don’t want to write evrything we learnt from the lectures, because it is a field that refers to self-education. And it will be better to self-educate yourself with a person who is well ackowledged in the sphere. 

So, our time passed quickly as usual. We became more closer and dearer to each other. All of us expect something more from the next training. I am sure it will super!

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The second day of the training passed. And I am sitting there solicitous of putting all my feelings onto the page of my blog. As the previous training the second training met my expectations and enriched my inner world with interesting and valuable information.

Like the first day we began our training with a short banter on how we spent a day and what happened to us. I felt sulky from an early morning and didn’t know what exactly was wrong with me, but I was in a  bad mood.))(Perhaps, it was because of the weather.) I hoped somehow to cheer myself up and succeeded. There was a joyful countenance on my face after our training was over.

However, I don’t want to make you wait to know what exactly draw happiness on my face. The training, we have, is a kind of relaxing and informative therapy. I bifurcate it into two parts: discussion and games. Mostly, they are mixed or combined. The first game, we played that day, was the most interesting for me. “Numeral Three”. (It is a name I call this name.) It is a logical game, where all group members sit in a circle and put their hands on the neighbour’s knee from both sides. The main rule of the game is not to pronounce a numeral that is divided to three and ends with three as well. The first starts counting, the next goes on, but the third  claps  the neighbour’s knee two times for he cannot pronounce “three” according to the rule. So the game goes on until group members get confused in numerals and mathematical tasks. It tends to be more difficult when numerals get larger and larger. Though I have not been studying Maths since I graduated from school (4 years easily vanish your knowledge of Maths!), I became one of the winners. ‘Good job, you still know something in Mathematics’ I praised myself. And what you think my mood after the game was. Much better!

Furthermore, we got involved into another game (“Scarf”) with alacrity. Again a group arranged a circle and one of us had her (there are only girls in the group) eyes tied tight with a scarf. The task was to recognize a person by her voice without touching. The game taught us to break the walls if mistrust and establish an affinity between us! (Mind we are acquainted only two days.)

Then it was a turn for an informative part of the training. The doctor-venereologist of the center Oksana told us about infections passed through sexual ways, their symptoms, and about the means of protection and treatment. Although I know something about such kind of diseases, some of them with fatal consequences, my knowledge meant not so much because I got a deeper understanding of the theme only in the training. We were sometimes struck by the facts we heard during the discussion. Oksana gave us questions to conclude the knowledge acquired in the end. Nevertheless, the lesson was of great evaluative character for me.

Along with the a.m. games we were involved in various activities. In a word, I liked the day. I think the fact that we enjoyed the time spent there is due to the unity of our group and professionalism of the staff of the center. The first impression they had on us was excellent, perhaps, it buttressed our burgeoning desire to came there again and again.

A few days of the training are still ahead and I am looking forward to know what we will gain from our next meetings. However, I will share everything with you!