As a 10th grader at the regional state high school in Poltava Oblast, which was no different from others except for the intense English language studies, I enrolled in the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program. The FLEX program allowed me to study at a local American high school while staying with a host family.
The selection process was as tough as it gets. Thousands of students from my region wanted to discover America. In the third and final round we were interviewed to determine if we were fit to spend a year in American society.
One of the questions was: What would you do if your classmate asks you to share your answers on a test? It’s hard to believe now, but many of my studious classmates answered that they would share, because back then it was considered an insult to say no to a classmate. Sharing – even to cheat – was considered a part of friendship.