There are few questions that I get asked once in a while so I decided to create a page dedicated to them.
Are you American?
Nope. That’s one of the most frequent questions that I hear from people when they just meet me. Especially kids. Just this summer, I had about 20 kids ask me whether I am from the States. No. I am Ukrainian. Not always proud to be one, but that doesn’t change the fact that I am Ukrainian.
How long have you studied Russian?
All my life (considering that it’s my primary language – my grandma was from Russia and therefore we all spoke Russian in my family. I did study Ukrainian in a Ukrainian school for 10 years).
How long have you studied English?
Since I was 6, but it wasn’t exactly studying the language. It was adapting to it.
Where did you learn English?
Most people for some reason are taken aback when I say this, but it’s true – I hung out with Work & Witness teams, Youth in Mission teams, missionaries, pastors, and just visitors from the States and didn’t want to rely on someone else to communicate for me. So I learned.
How long have you been a Christian?
Since I was 14. I went to Church when I was 6. The reason for such a difference… I guess I did not realize before that time that going to Church and knowing all the answers to the questions counts as being saved. When I was 14, it finally dawned on me.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I read, write, and discuss philosophical and scientific questions with my friends. I also like to cook when I can share a meal with someone. Being an INFJ, I don’t like loud companies and parties, although I do enjoy them once in a while. Usually end up exhausted, but most of the time it’s worth it. It all depends on the people I am with. (And lately, I found myself getting more and more comfortable around people – mostly due to the fact that my friends usually try to get me out to meet other people).
What do you do for living?
I used to work for the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine as a website and creative content coordinator. Had no idea that I would be doing this but the work has found me – I wasn’t looking for one. For over 5 years, it was a place where I belonged… but the time came to change the place and, again without really looking for a job, I landed at Nster, a website specializing in internet traffic exchange. I worked a few months as an assistant to the head of creative department, and then transferred to another company, called Grossum. It was the IT company that developed the website for Nster and I became its PR / HR manager.
For someone who said she’d never work in marketing and anything to do with computers… being a PR manager for a software development company is quite fun. And once again, it’s a place to belong.
That’s it for now, but if you’d like to ask any other question, feel free and leave a comment. And all other feedback is also appreciated.