Is it difficult for you to get only excellent marks?
I didn’t even think that in my gradebook there would be only excellent marks because I went to school in Ukraine, and some subjects were not easy for me.
But as soon as I started to pass exams, I realized that all the information is quite available both for Russian students and for us foreigners.
What characteristics were your priority when choosing a university?
I looked at the ratings and the opportunity to have free tuition. RUDN University suited all my criteria. A pleasant bonus was the news that it is customary to encourage particularly active students here with scholarships, the university has its own training base and hostels within walking distance.
Why did you choose jurisprudence? What influenced the choice?
I consider it a huge advantage if people know their rights and obligations. My brother influenced the choice too — he entered the best university in Ukraine on a state-funded basis, graduated with honors, and now he is a successful lawyer.
Even back in the seventh grade, I took an interest in law and knew what I was going to study. But life made certain adjustments. I go in for sports and therefore I wanted to be a rehabilitation physician.
As a result, I am now getting two qualifications at the same time: “Jurisprudence” at RUDN University and “Physical Education” at the Russian State Social University (RSSU).
Do you plan to do master’s? Do you want to change direction?
I have already entered Master’s course at RUDN University in the department of “Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Criminalistics”. The plans are to become a sports lawyer. Of course, I will continue to develop in the field of jurisprudence, but I would like to open new borders in law and begin to improve methods and ways of protecting professional athletes at the international level. I met some athletes accused of doping in the course of my professional career, and I know the whole system from the inside.
What is the topic of your research?
Throughout my student life, I never studied only one highly specialized issue. I was rather interested in different topics. If you look at the list of materials for writing articles, everything could begin with a comparative legal analysis of land legislation and end with the legitimacy of death penalty in foreign countries.
Now, I am more and more engaged in the study of anti-doping legislation.
You are not only an excellent student, but also a member of the swimming team, winner of local, regional and international competitions. Is it difficult to combine study and professional sport?
No, this is more than real. I think my achievements are a confirmation of this. The most difficult thing is to draw up a schedule that will bring high results both in studies and in professional sports. But I’ll tell you a little secret: if you possess such traits as self-discipline and perseverance of character, then you won’t need much time to combine study and extracurricular activities.
What do you remember most about your 4 years of study?
It is difficult to single out something specific, because all these 4 years were filled with vivid emotions. But perhaps the most memorable event was when, upon returning from the international SportFest — 2019 competitions in Turkey, at the entrance to the university, I saw a poster with my photo — these were congratulations on another victory where I won 4 gold medals and 1 silver.
Looking at today’s freshmen, what instructions could you give them?
Do not be afraid of difficulties that may arise at the very beginning. The main thing is to make things clear in time and try to resolve issues as they arise.
Maria Kutovaya graduated with honors from the Law Institute of RUDN University in the field of jurisprudence. The girl takes an active part in the scientific and sports life of the institute and university.
Maria is a member of the RUDN swimming team, winner of international swimming competitions. In competitions in Turkey and Spain, she won 6 gold and 1 bronze medal.
In 2018, she became the bronze medalist of the Open International Internet Olympiad in Jurisprudence.
The women’s volleyball team won the Championship of the Association of Sports Student Clubs of Russia. Our athletes met in the subgroup with the team of the Moscow State Pedagogical University and the Sechenov Medical University and won with the score 2:0. In the quarter-finals, they beat the Pacific State University team with the score 2:0.
In 18 months, RUDN, the “greenest” university in Russia (according to the international rating UIGreenMetric) has collected 39 tons of waste paper preserving 652 trees, and this is a hectare of forest.
September 1, 3,090 Russian students joined the RUDN University family, 945 of them went to the state-funded mode, 2,145 to the contract mode. This year RUDN received 59,730 applications — 7,186 more than last year — this is almost 34 applications for 1 budget place. In 2019, this figure was 27.92.