I am currently working towards my degree in Journalism at LaGuardia Community College. As a student, I have excelled in my classes, earning a 4.0 GPA and a position on the Dean’s List for the past four semesters. I am very excited to join the ANY community, which I am confident will further broaden my worldview and help me accomplish my longer-term goals. At LaGuardia, I founded Political Arena, a debate club that allows students to learn about domestic and international issues, policies, events as well as to practice public speaking and debate skills.
My inspiration for creating Political Arena comes from a strong personal interest in international relations and gender roles in politics. I was born in Shymkent, Kazakhstan; but after the collapse of the Soviet Union, my family and I traveled to support ourselves. When I was 19 years old, I moved alone to New York City, where I experienced new forms of freedom. Although women in America are discriminated significantly less than in Central Asia, I nevertheless feel that American women still need to fight to establish their political voice. This feeling has influenced my decision to study journalism, a field that will allow me to support women’s initiatives and uncover human-rights violations. In addition, I recently finished an internship as a Photojournalist, documenting one of the largest oil spills ever recorded in the United States – the Greenpoint oil spill.
As part of my journey, I would eventually like to be a professor of International Relations. I aspire to be a professor who has vast experience in international relations and continues to be active in it while teaching. Ultimately, I want to help the next generation build a sustainable and morally just society, while also contributing myself in whatever way I can.