Speaks: English and Russian
Major: International Relations (Kogod School of Business)
What's your favorite part about living in DC?
My favorite parts about living in Washington, DC are limitless opportunities for students to develop their career, diversity, and convenient location. The Washington, DC area is home to people of different nationalities, ethnic backgrounds, religions, and beliefs. This makes it a very interesting place to live and meet new people.Students, who study and live in DC, have a great opportunity to start building their career and advance/gain new skills through various internships in the federal government and/or private sectors.Also, DC area's convenient location makes it easy to take a day trip to popular destinations such as Baltimore, New York, and Philadelphia. It's also a few hours' drive to the mountains and the ocean.
What are some differences between your academic life here and at home?
The U.S. offers students a truly unique opportunity to explore many academic fields before choosing a certain profession, an option that is not easily available in many other countries. Also, in the U.S. colleges students are expected to have their own opinion on different issues and are encouraged to challenge the professors and other students. This practice is not common in many other countries and students are generally expected to accept whatever is taught to them by their professors as is and not to express their disagreement openly.