Master in Economics

The goal of this campaign is to raise money for the MS in Economics of an aspiring Ukrainian student dreaming to work for the UN. In May 2019 I will be graduating from John Cabot University, an American university in Rome, Italy, with a major in Economics and Finance and a minor in International Affairs. As a part of my international curriculum I completed one year of study at the University of San Diego. In the course of my academic studies, I also gained both extensive research and practical experience working for international organizations such as Uyolo and Bioversity International.

Growing up it was hard to imagine I will be graduating university with a degree in economics, especially not from a university abroad. Childhood in a culturally and politically divided Ukraine meant learning to read and write in two languages simultaneously, which was a struggle itself. Starting with English language at the age of five and German at the age of nine didn’t make it easier. However, I was never afraid of challenges and have always considered them a way to achieve greater academic excellence. Especially since taking an easier path was never an option for a student from Ukraine in a pursuit of an admission to a university abroad. My greatest motivation has been my restless passion to travel, to contribute not only to the well-being of my country, but to all other developing countries. I worked hard, graduated high school with honors in English language and in Linear Algebra and have taken on a highly quantitative program at university. I could never imagine graduating from a foreign university, but childhood in a post-Soviet setting, in a country continuously struggling with corruption and economic hardships made me wonder what the world of equal academic and career opportunities is like.

After graduating from high school I studied in a Mathematics track of the pre-college program in Earlham College in Indiana, USA, where I played as a captain of a tennis team. A year in the USA has given me a perspective on the liberal education system and the way it can broad one’s academic boundaries by allowing to study various disciplines apart from the one chosen as a major. That is why my first year of college career I decided to start in exactly an American university in Rome, Italy, while taking the best of one of the most rigorous academic systems in the world and of the most historically and culturally rich country. My study at John Cabot University, together with advanced classes in Mathematics, Political Science and Finance, gave me a particular enjoyment of Economics classes. These classes greatly expanded my boundaries in learning, enabling me to better understand the way the world of business, politics and everyday economic and financial decisions functions. Learning from the world class faculty from around the globe inspired me to pursue further studies in Economics and contribute to the most important objective of the humanity - sustainable growth and equal distribution of the global “economic pie”. There is no other discipline I have ever been as passionate about. The combination of graphs, mathematics, history, political science, sociology and finance in pursuing global well-being is a true magic to me. My greatest motivation to to apply for a program in Economics is my belief that this is the science that is capable of making a world a better place.

     As a highly active and communicative person, during my study in the university I have participated in multiple extracurricular activities such as Student Government, Business Club, Community Service and Greenpeace. Apart from the knowledge about time and project management, the most important skills I acquired participating in student life activities are abilities to be goal-oriented and empathetic. However, the experience that has influenced me the most and has given me the most perspective on the career I want to pursue is my intern position at the Development Impact Unit of the Bioversity International, an organization that conducts research on agrobiodiversity and develops management practices for resilient agricultural practices. My duties as an intern include conducting cost benefit analysis, research of monetary and social returns on investments in the organization’s initiatives and assessing an impact of interventions of Bioversity International. This experience gave me deep understanding the process of structuring development projects as well as obtaining investment for them and helped me to realize that this is the career path I want to pursue further. As an extremely communicative and purposeful person, private partnerships and project management is something I can achieve great success in.


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Anna Gubanova 
Roma, LZ, Italy
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