Daniel Kravchenko '15

Major: International Studies
Job Title: Int. Admissions Intern

Minor: Legal Studies and Chinese Language
Hometown: Kiev, Ukraine
Graduation Year: 2015
Current job title: Intern at Gartner Welcome Center in the Department of International Admissions

Why Mount?
When I visited Mount Union with my family, my parents and I were immediately struck by how beautiful it was. Kiev is a big city, and my father was especially impressed by how much smaller, safer, and less congested Mount Union’s campus and the surrounding area was by comparison. We also visited Walsh, Malone, and a few others, but I was drawn to Mount’s strong political science program and, of course, the beautiful campus.

From Student to Employee
I’m now a full time employee at the University of Mount Union in the Office of International Admission. I personally keep in touch with potential international students by email, remind them to complete their application, talk with agents and assist in creating content for the University’s website for international students in order to make it more accessible and understandable.

What Mount Union Has to Offer International Students
I transferred from a large school in Kiev and was fascinated by the small class sizes and individual approach at Mount. Mount Union professors encouraged me to share my opinion, which really helped with my speaking skills.

Mount Union has a ton of resources that are a big help to international students, like the Digital, Written, and Oral Communication (DWOC) Studio in library. Anyone can schedule an appointment easily and quickly to get guidance on a wide range of writing and speaking skills. The DWOC was a huge asset to me in preparation for presentations, papers, and my final portfolio. Like many international students, I was very nervous of speaking when I first came here, and DWOC helps you to open up and feel confident in class and with friends.

The president of the University hosts an international dinner once a semester, which is a great way to meet new people and make connections. The association of international students holds different teas and dinners for international students throughout the year, which is a great place for students to present on their counties and cultures, which can give them good experience in speaking in front of others.

What Do You Say to New International Students?
I often tell them little things that people might not realize can be an issue, like how different the class credit system is here or how they rank the difficulty of classes, what you need for prerequisites, all of that. I think it’s important for international students to have a good understanding of the system before they even get here.

I also tell them not to be afraid of getting up in front of people and speaking. My political science professor encouraged me to join the debate club to practice my English. He said that even if I didn’t know much about the topics, it would help to do the research and get up in front of people. Of course, it was very intimidating, but after I did it a few times, I started to really see the benefits. It made me less nervous to speak in general, and really helped my skill level. It is always scary to put yourself out there like that, but I would recommend it to anyone.

Daniel Kravchenko '15

I transferred from a large school in Kiev and was fascinated by the small class sizes and individual approach at Mount. Mount Union professors encouraged me to share my opinion, which really helped with my speaking skills. 

Fun Facts

What’s your favorite book?
William Golding, “Lord of the Flies”
Where is your favorite travel destination?
Boston, Massachusetts
What’s the #1 most played song on your iTunes?
Lord of the Rings soundtrack album.
What’s your all-time favorite movie or TV show?
House of Cards
What is your favorite quote or motto?
“Contra Spem Spero” by Lesya Ukrainka, which means “I hope against no hope”.
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