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ODU student from Ukraine interviewed by International News Agency Voice of America

Ganna Zakharova, a Fulbright student from Ukraine enrolled in Old Dominion University's Graduate Program in International Studies, was interviewed recently by the international news agency Voice of America about her experiences studying in the United States.

Zakharova, who is majoring in international studies, wanted to come to the United States for her master's program, because of the key role the U.S. plays in the international arena, leading the NATO alliance and serving as a voice for democracy around the world.

She said she chose ODU because it is a big school with a lot to offer. "I am from Ukraine," she said. "I'm the kind of person who cannot sit at one place. I like dynamics. I like to socialize and take part in public activities. I joined the student organization for foreigners and also the Christian organization Global Student Friendship.

"Since there are so many international students at ODU, we have many events here."

One of the events Zakharova will participate in is a workshop linking ODU's Graduate Program in International Studies and military personnel.

Zakharova said America represents diversity to her. "It's a very huge, diverse country, and America means to me technology. Everything here is very advanced, and you can find so many opportunities here you won't find in Ukraine."

Scheduled to graduate in 2011, Zakharova plans to return to the Ukraine to a good career, armed with the experience she gained at ODU.

To read and listen to her interview with Voice of America, click this link: http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/american-life/college-forum/OldDominionUniversity09Mar10-87265987.html.

A link to the audio is on the top, right-hand corner of the Voice of America story.

This article was posted on: March 16, 2010

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