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Short Answer (Please answer each of the following questions in no more than 225 characters, about 3 sentences)
What are your favorite types of music?
I have many genres of music I listen to. Since I am Russian, I listen to a lot of pop and dance European music. I also listen to classic piano and violin. My music ranges from everything due to my mood.
What are your favorite books or movies?
Favorite books: all Dan Brown books, including the Da Vinci Code and Digital Fortress, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoi.
Favorite movies: Taken, Limitless, The Beautiful Mind, and 21.
What is your favorite high school course and why?
My favorite high school courses are in math and science because I love being challenged and having to search for the correct answer. Also, the concepts can be translated into all languages.
What is your favorite source of inspiration?
My inspiration is athletes who are charitable. Maria Sharapova has 5 majors, a candy line, and her own foundation under her belt. A humanitarian and tennis superstar, her dedication to the sport and to charity has inspired me.
How do you spend a typical weekday evening?
My nights have been consumed by my love for my sport: tennis. For the past two years I have spent Mondays thru Thursdays at my second home, the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Center. Upon coming home, I eat, do homework and sleep.
How do you spend a typical weekend?
On weekends, I can be found playing tennis, studying, hanging out with my friends, walking my pug, and doing usual teenage things. Furthermore, I work on Saturdays at a tennis center to pay for my personal expenses.
Who are your heroes? What qualities in them do you admire?
My mother is a real life hero in my eyes. She works hard for her children and strives to create a better life for us than what she grew up with. She is a brilliant woman and I try to make her proud of me.
What things make you happiest?
The thing that makes me happiest is accomplishing what I set out to do. Whether it is getting the good grade or winning my match, I feel joy when I know that I did something well and put in all my effort to get the rewards.
What is the compliment that you have been paid that you are most proud of? What gave you the compliment?
I don't think I have a specific compliment that I am most proud of, but I am glad when my mom tells me she is happy with something I have done. Since she is one of my heroes, I want to please her.
How do you rejuvenate yourself?
After going to a Quaker school, I picked up a few tricks to help rejuvenate and center myself. I will usually ignore the world for a moment and focus on my breathing and myself.
What do you consider to be your most significant achievement?
My most significant achievement is getting a top-notch education at a private school with a lot of financial aid. My hard work had paid off and by receiving aid I took some of the burden off of my mom.
If you could change one thing about your high school, what would it be and why?
If I could change one thing about my high school it would be to have more periods in our schedule so that I could take more classes. Also, I would want my school to offer more classes and electives.
What historical event do you wish you could have participated in and why?
I believe that history is something that cannot be changed and I want to create my own history. Although there are many great events in history, there are going to be many more to come and I want to make them happen.
What about college most excites you?
The thing that most excites me is the opportunity to learn and grasp new information. Also, I'm excited to be surrounded by people who have similar and different interests as me, but all who share a passion for discovery.