I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S OVER! Dunno what I’m feeling right now (it is as mixed as all the cocktails I used to drink in my wild years), but it is really strong. A great deal of my life (probably most of it) I spent studying. And now it seems to be over. As a kid, I dreamt of going to school, spent my free time indulging in encyclopedias, soaking in every word, trying to memorize all of it. In fact, I might have overstudied a bit as at the age of 6 I got accepted to the second grade instead of the first. When at the age of 12 the puberty kicked in, I couldn’t imagine a more adult thing to do than going to university. And so I went. I signed up for the free courses that gave me entrance permission to the building of the oldest and one of the most prestigious Russian universities - Moscow State University. With it, I attended not only courses for wanna-be students, but also the actual lectures and sometimes seminars, too. I still call it my first unofficial degree sometimes as I attended most classes for university students and always did the required homework and reading. Also as a High School student, I went in the same way to one more university to study linguistics, but after two years in there I understood that I’m not destined to be a linguist. I opted for the path of an art historian instead. So, after graduating from school, I went to get an official degree in art history. I have studied in Moscow State University, Instituto Vesuviano, Sotheby’s Institute and today I’ve graduated (and got one more degree) from the Higher School of Economics (this time in Art Market). I don’t know what will happen next but I feel like I need a break from art history degrees. At least, for a while. I am deeply in love with the process of studying, of mastering new skills and discovering more and more about the wonderful world we are living in, about the people creating and changing it. I love art itself as throughout all those years it became an essential part of me. I am beyond grateful to all those institutions for the amazing people I met there. Thank you. See you. Loved you.