"I was curious about different subjects, so I decided to attend college in the U.S."

Masha Zhdanova

Update: After graduation, Masha will become a technical sales engineer for Avins USA.

"I grew up in southwestern Russia, where education for girls was limited to Russian language and literature. I was curious about different subjects, so I decided to attend college in the U.S. But first I would have to master English and become acclimated to learning in English. I also found out I needed to study more math and science to be ready for courses in America. So after high school, I took two years to prepare myself.

"I was living in Moscow and volunteering at the EducationUSA Advising Center, a nonprofit organization that helps prospective students apply to schools in the U.S. Lana Bird was recruiting prospective students in Moscow, and she came to the center to give a presentation about Bucknell. I met her there, and we talked and had an informal interview. I felt a personal connection right away. And I was right: the moment I arrived on campus I realized how welcome I was. It's great to be in an environment where people care.

"I'm now pursuing a degree in chemical engineering and have done research with Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering Timothy Raymond, along with a postdoctoral researcher and five other students. We are exploring how aerosol particles form in nature. Professor Raymond presented my research at an American Association for Aerosol Research conference, and I placed second in the Environmental Division poster session at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers conference.

Masha is an international student from Golubitskaya, Russia

Posted Oct. 27, 2011

Places I've Been

The following links are virtual breadcrumbs marking the 27 most recent pages you have visited in Bucknell.edu. If you want to remember a specific page forever click the pin in the top right corner and we will be sure not to replace it. Close this message.