I was born in the Soviet Union and grew up in the Post-Soviet Union Ukraine. My parents were not allowed to go to college because they disagreed with the propaganda of the communist party. Every day, my parents told me that I was special and could do great things. They told me to be a dreamer, but when I would step outside of our home, I was immersed in the chaos, corruption, and despair. I still dreamed of great things and I knew that the world is bigger than my poor neighborhood, my school with broken windows, and my handicapped country that didn’t know what to do with its independence. Years later, I had an opportunity to study in London with a group of young people from eight different European countries and it was a mind-blowing experience. What I knew for sure was that the cultural clash I was going through was meant to teach me invaluable lessons about intercultural communication and relations, and to lead to a career choice I made later while getting my bachelor’s degree in Public Relations at the University of Mount Union, Alliance, OH.
My goal is to become a college professor and I am interested in researching intercultural communication, international management, and leadership. It would be my honor to do my best at bringing the world together by informing younger generations of existing cultural misconceptions and stereotypes, and demonstrating that we can become open minded and diverse through knowledge and acceptance.