“ The state department covers her flight, her health insurance, and her
tuition. HPU cost-shares by paying for her dorm room with an American roommate,” said
Mary Hammond, dean of the International Center.
The competition to study in the United States is fierce. The
32 students were chosen from a pool of 1,500 applicants.
“ I only received two ‘B’s’ in high school,” said
Pivovarova. She also speaks fluent English and French, and plans to study Chinese.
Pivovarova was determined to win a spot in the UGRAD program
so she could study in the U.S.
“ I’m interested in marketing, and it’s quite a problem in
Russia,” she explained. “We have lectures, professors teach us
about marketing, but not real life. I wanted to see it here because the United
is where marketing is the most advanced in the world.”
Besides being a full-time student, Pivovarova must take on
an internship and complete 20 hours of volunteer work.
“ I think I’ll spend this time either helping disabled people or
preserving nature. It is essential. Hawai‘i is such a unique place. There
are so many unique species I can see nowhere else in the world,” she
Despite her busy school and extracurricular schedules, Pivovarova
plans on having some fun in the islands.
“ My roommate has already offered to take me surfing,” said Pivovarova. “I
definitely have to go to the beach, Pearl Harbor, and Diamond Head.”