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Tour Guide Spotlight: Alina Pankova ’14

20 Jan
Alina Pankova '14

Alina Pankova ’14

Hometown: Sevastopol, Ukraine

Major(s)/Minor(s): Biochemistry

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I volunteer at Lylburn Downing Middle School

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? I enjoy doing yoga, running, and working out in the fitness center. One of my hobbies is black and white photography.

Favorite weekend activity? Catching up with friends, going out to eat, shopping, and watching movies. During winter I like to watch home basketball games on weekends.

Favorite thing about Lexington? It is a small, but cozy and safe town. Pretty much everything is located within walking distance, and the people are very friendly.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? My favorite memory is orientation week, because I met many people, participated in lots of fun activities organized specifically for first year students, and had enough time to get used to campus before classes started.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? I took Calculus II last fall, and I absolutely loved Professor Dresden. He has a talent to make math truly fun. He was always prepared for class, presented the material very clearly, and his sense of humor made each class very enjoyable. Besides, he was always available for extra help during his office hours. I am looking forward to Multivariable Calculus with him next fall! Honestly, if he taught every single Math class at W&L, I would seriously consider majoring in Math!


Parents and Family Weekend Diversity Dinner

30 Oct

This weekend Lexington welcomed W&L parents and families, and even slightly cold weather couldn’t spoil the warm atmosphere that parents and families created in our small town. Since I am an international student from Ukraine, my family was unable to visit me. Yet, my friend’s parents kindly adopted me for the weekend 🙂 On Saturday night we all attended the dinner that was organized by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Evans Dining Hall. Besides great people and amazing food, one of the highlights of that event was the cultural fashion show where many international students wore traditional costumes from various countries! I represented Ukraine, so take a look at my traditional dress! Ukrainian traditional costume is no longer worn on any occasions, yet it carries a symbolic value because it reflects rich culture and diverse history of Ukraine.