I come from a southern Russian city of Volgograd where I spent my childhood. In high school I got a chance to go to the U.S. as an exchange student. It was my first experience living apart from my parents for almost one year in a foreign culture. I was staying with an American family in a small town in Alabama and going to a local high school. Two years later after I came back to Russia, I was admitted to a Korean studies program in the International Relations Department of MGIMO University in Moscow.
In college, I specialized in foreign policy, regional politics and Korean language. In the fall semester of my sophomore year I had a unique opportunity to study for three months in North Korea. In 2002, I won a language training fellowship from Korea Foundation and spent one year attending Yonsei University in Seoul. In 2004, I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from MGIMO University. For nearly two years before moving on to graduate school, I worked as a freelance reporter for “The Moscow Times” writing on an array of subjects from real estate to education and career development, as well as interviewing high-profile business people and diplomats.
The scope of my academic interest is rather broad and, besides international affairs, regional politics and foreign policy, also comprises the study of East Asian values, culture, religion, history and philosophy. While in the U.S. as a Fulbright scholar, I will study at Harvard University. There, I am planning to pursue an interdisciplinary program that will ponder into all these various fields. Ultimately, I intend to continue my education toward a Ph.D. degree. After the Program, I would like to work for the Foreign Relations Committee of the Russian State Duma.
Institution: Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Department: Committee on Regional Studies – East Asia