Nursultan studied diligently and with great interest, being one of the first disciples, not only in class but also at the school. He intensively read all the books, which only managed to get it, which brought him relatives, knowing the insatiable curiosity of a young Nursultan.
Also there were romantic nights with the campfire under the starry fathomless sky in his youth, when he helped his father during summer vacation at the foothills of the Trans-Ili Alatau. There were inmost stories of parents and their cordial songs, which revealed strong memory roots about ancestors who used to live on this land since the old days. It is a shame for all Kazakhs who do not knows about previous seven generations. There was a sense of eternity and deep meaningfulness of heavy, but the harmonious life of the people, handed down from generation to generation, linking the Kazakhs to their past and future.
He especially loved to hear stories of older about ancient legends and ancestral beliefs. Later, in one of his books, Nursultan Nazarbayev writes: "In recent time trend to be proud by "proletarian" origin suddenly replaced by another tendency: to look for and at any cost to find for the ancestors of a "blue blood". There was no one in our family ever. I am a son, grandson and great-grandson of the shepherds, who is not from the nobility. All of my ancestors lived here in the foothills of Alatau".
Although later it turned out that in his family also was famous people, but Nursultan Nazarbayev, has always considered and still considers himself as a man of the people, flesh of the flesh of people. This sense of feeling himself as a consanguineous part of the people had never lost, and only being stronger over the years.
He felt at the same time hereditary Kazakh, heir to the culture and customs of ancestors, man of the new formation, a dynamic new era of scientific and technological progress that opens unprecedented opportunities for everybody. Traditional folk and new industrial outlook organically coexisted in his soul.
Kaskelen school head teacher Seythan Issayev, where Nursultan finished high school, noted at once curiosity and analytical mind of adolescent: "He was very grateful to the students. He listened attentively, asking questions, not only on the program, caught every word the teacher. Never parted with the book, read something all the time".
Childhood and adolescence of a young Nursultan were short. Already to eighteen years and the end of high school, Nursultan markedly stood out among his peers by good knowledge and spacious mind. Permanent work and regular sport exercises made him physically strong, he looked much older than his peers. But the main thing that distinguished him - it is independence of judgment and actions, as well as ongoing commitment to leadership. He knew how to build relationships with his peers from the first minute of communication, he was a "ringleader" and good organizer. He liked to joke, sing well, possessed people to him and quickly became the soul of the company.
At the same time revealed one of his inherent traits - pragmatism. Learning about Komsomol set for big construction site of steel plant in Temirtau, Nursultan decided to become a metallurgist.
Nursultan wanted quicker and himself to be firmly steady on his feet and to help parents and family financially. Because he was the eldest son in the family.
Young Nazarbayev intuitively felt that there, on a large construction site, starting a new great life, opening up broad personal perspective. He was determined to build his own life, his future destiny.
Upon arrival in Temirtau he, as the future metallurgist, was sent even further - to study in Ukraine, in a vocational school of the Dnieper Metallurgical Plant in Dneprodzerzhinsk.
Nursultan was in a group of blast furnace, where were selected the most physically developed boys. However, the strength of his muscles and nature young Nazarbayev argued also in sports, on the wrestling sites.
In one of his fights he put on the blades his classmate, a stocky Ukrainian guy Nikolay Litoshko.
Wondering of "Mykola" quickly grew into a respect and further into a strong friendship between the Kazakh Nazarbayev and Ukrainian Litoshko. Nursultan became a frequent and welcome guest in the family of Litoshko.
One and a half years of study in Dneprodzerzhinsk passed quickly.
In 1959, Nursultan Nazarbayev won the tournament of All-Union Central Council of Trade Unions (AUCCTU). Thus, by the end of the school, he learned not only difficult science of metallurgist, but also became a master of sports of Ukraine in the wrestling.
Persistence and perseverance enabled him to master all the academic subjects in his chosen specialty with "excellent" marks. Also young Nazarbayev passed final qualifying exams with "excellent" marks and received a certificate of the "the eighth level second furnacemen of the blast furnace".