NEW YORK, NY-April 1, 2015 – Baruch College student Anastasia Korolkova was awarded a U.S. Student Fulbright Study/Research Award to study in Mexico, where she plans to study the effectiveness of peer education as a youth empowerment tool in order to prevent adolescent pregnancy in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Born in the Ukraine, but raised in Brooklyn, Anastasia attended Baruch as a Macaulay Honors College undergraduate. Based on her undergraduate experience and with funding from the American Association for University of Women, she returned to Baruch for Graduate studies, and will earn her Masters of Science in statistics in 2015.
Anastasia credits Baruch faculty and staff for their support and guidance throughout the arduous application process.
“The application process was a great learning experience. I am deeply indebted to Baruch faculty, staff and students for their support. My Macaulay advisor, Lena Tuck, introduced me to Valeria Hymas, Post-Graduate and National Fellowship advisor who guided me through the application process, even connecting me with Baruch alum and Fulbright recipient Melody Mills.”
“Staff at the Writing Center at Baruch helped develop the narrative over the summer, through countless revisions. Meanwhile, faculty members pushed me to think deeper and do better; Dr. Robert Smith and Dr. Shoshanna Sofaer on relevance and feasibility, Dr. Lawrence Tatum and Dr. Gene Fisch on experimental design.”
Anastasia also received help from Dr. Stephanie Golob and Dr. Allison Hahn, who offered feedback through the campus interview, Dr. Elena Martinez, who helped Anastasia prepare for her panel interview, Dr. Isolina Ballesteros, who conducted her language assessment and Dr. Ted Henken, her undergraduate thesis advisor.
Anastasia will be traveling to Mexico in 2016 and will remain there for 9 months. She hopes to apply what she learns from the valuable experience toward her ultimate career goals. “My career goal is to develop effective methods for addressing poverty and its socioeconomic consequences.”
Anastasia encourages other Baruch students to pursue the opportunity to study abroad.
“Do it if you can! I studied in Spain in undergrad, and in France as a graduate student through the Baruch Study Abroad office. The immersion challenged me to navigate new environments, find new ways of self-expression and connect with others.”
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