I am from Moldova, but most of my academic experience has been in Russia. At the time of my application to undergraduate studies, I was torn between studying management or pursuing a technical field. Because I was an international student applying to Russian universities, I had to carefully consider the possible opportunities and outcomes after graduation.
My parents, who are physics and mathematics teachers, gave me a wise piece of advice: it's easier to transition from a technical subject into management than the other way around
. Plus, having a technical background will give me an upper hand as a manager. So that helped me make up my mind and I enrolled into the Physics BSc program at St.Petersburg State University (SPBU)
My time at SPBU was great. I first studied Magnetic Resonance Imaging
and later switched to Quantum Physics. I was a really active student, so by my 3rd year of studies I had an impressive research and conference portfolio. At that time I began to look into PhD and Master's programs abroad, and landed two summer internships thanks to my active position and experience at SPBU. The first internship was at the Weizmann Institute in Israel, and the second one was at CERN, a European Organization for Nuclear Research, one of the world's largest and most respected centers for scientific research. These internships gave me a chance to explore data modeling and gain applied skills in programming (C++, Fortran), which was the first time I began to consider these fields for my future career path.