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From India to Prague: A TOEFL® Scholarship Winner’s Story

Apr 8, 2015

As a child in India, Dinakar Ayalasomayajula was fascinated by automobiles and how they worked. Through adolescence, Dinakar was prepared to turn his fascination into a career—and study automotive engineering in college. The first step was learning English to prepare for the TOEFL® test. 

Not only did Dinakar achieve a high score, he was also awarded a TOEFL® Scholarship. The scholarship helped afford him the opportunity to pursue his dreams and earn a Master’s in Automotive Engineering at the Czech Technical University in Prague.

While in Prague, Dinakar learned that automobiles weren’t his only passion. “I discovered my interest for skiing in Prague,” he said. “After countless falls and a souvenir in the form of a knee that had swollen to the size of a basketball,” Dinakar said he “got the hang of it.” 

Skiing, along with the cultural exchange and forging new friendships with people from various backgrounds is something Dinakar looks back on fondly. He thanks the TOEFL® Scholarship for helping him afford to have those opportunities.

Dinakar’s advice to prospective TOEFL® test takers: “Read a lot and practice spoken English!”

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