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International student makes way to HPU

by Kalamalama staff


Hawai‘i Pacific University prides itself in welcoming students from more than 100 countries each school year. This year, HPU is home to a standout student from the Russian Federation.

Nineteen-year-old Anna Pivovarova is beginning to settle in at her Hawai‘i Loa campus dorm room with her new roommate. Pivovarova is just one of 32 young people chosen to study abroad for one year as part of the International Research and Exchanges Board Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD).

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“ 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 States 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 said.

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.”


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