Anastasiya Shapochkina has been singled out for an international honor. The Hunter senior has been named a Young Ambassador for the 2006-07 academic year by the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst-DAAD). She is one of 20 Young Ambassadors chosen nationwide from among students who studied or interned in Germany last year. The Young Ambassadors serve as liaisons for the DAAD in the U.S. and Germany.
Shapochkina, a history and political science major who emigrated from the Ukraine with her family in 2002, says she is eager to help promote DAAD, which she says “needs more publicity.” She believes its exchange program helps to clear up the “misperceptions Germany and the U.S. have about each other.” After graduation she plans to enroll in an international relations graduate program, focusing on European studies.
DAAD offers programs and funding for more than 50,000 students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education each year.