College: Baruch College
My name is Nadezda Semenova, and I was born and raised in Krasnodar; Russia, a city near the Black Sea. When I was little, once a year, my parents would pack my sister and I up and we would go on vacations by the sea. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of those vacations, and I can still recall the anticipation and excitement I would experience before each trip. But even as a child, I knew that in order to make these trips, my parents had to sacrifice and save for months. In fact, my parents sacrificed and saved all the time to make sure my sister and I were given opportunities. It is their dedication to provide us with the best they could that has been a motivating force in my life.
While still in high school, I established a weekly newspaper, and served as the editor-in-chief for four years. In 2004, I won a regional Journalism contest, and as a result, was granted admission to Kuban State University without having to take any qualifying exams. While pursuing my degree, I worked on the regional radio and wrote articles for a daily newspaper, enjoying the opportunity to exercise my independence while at the same time helping my family.
Then one day things changed. I met my future husband, an American citizen, and had to uproot my life to move to the United States. Upon arriving, I faced all the challenges that immigrants usually face: a language barrier, cultural differences and the inability to find a job. I saw these obstacles as an opportunity to develop a new side of myself. I took English classes and returned to school to become adept at another profession– accounting. What has been really interesting to see is that journalism and accounting are far from mutually exclusive. For example, accounting and journalism both require great attention to detail, critical thinking, and ability to see the whole picture. I am currently pursuing a bachelors degree in Accounting at Baruch College and am planning to establish my career in Forensic Accounting.
During the three years I have been in the United States, I have had to adapt to not only American social culture, but also to American business culture. I think that NYNY is an outstanding opportunity to learn some of the written and unwritten rules of professional success for an early careerist in the United States. Moreover, I am fascinated by the stories of the fellows and mentors. My NYNY peers, keep motivating me to stay driven regardless of the adversity I have had or will have to overcome.