MBA Answers

Question 1:

In order of importance to you, list significant extracurricular activities, professional associations, and civic organizations in which you have participated in school, work, or the community. Also please indicate years of participation and any leadership positions you held.

 

At the age of 15, I started studying in Taras Shevchenko phys-math lyceum, that was my 9th grade. For all 3 years that I’ve spent there, I was responsible for organizing chess tournaments at the school and I represented my lyceum in Kyiv chess tournaments.

 

While studying Computer Science at Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, I volunteered at a charity organization ‘May’ as a teacher for mathematics and physics to children at an orphanage. I used to accept donations from my co-workers for orphan children and buy food, toys, and books for them.

 

In the US, I’m one of the lecturers for online school PASV, where I teach immigrants the basics of Quality Assurance and JavaScript, SQL programming.

 

 

 

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Question 2:

Describe any significant cross-cultural experiences you had outside your home country, including study abroad, exchange programs, extensive international travel, or residence in another country (include dates).

 

In 2015, by decree of fate and coincidence, my wife and I ended up in the USA, Florida. Not having at that time the slightest experience of living abroad, except for naturally resting in Turkey and Egypt, we, relying only on ourselves, without outside support, managed not only to get on our feet, catch on, but also give birth to a son here and give him everything he needed , including education. It was hard, and we went through a lot, but I believe that this decision was right and this experience hardened us, gave us confidence and the desire to grow and add more. I hardened my spirit, became mentally more mature, more resilient, and now I clearly see my goals and ways to achieve them. I know exactly what I want to do in the future, how I can help others and how to live my life for a reason.

 

 

 

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Question 3:

 

List below any other interests, hobbies, or recreational activities you currently pursue in your free time.

 

Not that I have a lot of free time. Nevertheless, when I have a few free hours, I spend it with benefit. First of all – with my family. I am a husband and a father, and I will not have a second life, and I will never turn back time, so I try to spend time with my wife and son as much as possible. We ride bicycles, play tennis, football, swim, play chess with our son. I am a huge Jiu-Jitsu fan and try to practice at least three times a week, thereby setting an example for my son. Since my son is still young, he is only 5, he often asks me to play with him, which I willingly do. I do not forget about my own development – I read a lot of business literature, books on self-motivation, and personal development.

 

 

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Question 4:

 

Please describe any academic, professional, or civic honors or awards you received, patents you’ve been issued, books you’ve authored, or any other significant accomplishments you would like the admissions committee to consider.

 

Of my great achievements, I can single out a few – at school, I won prizes at the Olympiads in mathematics and physics.

During my professional career, I have been repeatedly recognized as a top performer in such companies as Luxoft, Ukraine, and Florida Blue, Florida, USA.

 

 

 

 

 

Question 5:

 

Explain the primary factors that influenced your decision to apply to the UF MBA Program.

 

Despite my master’s degree in information technology and my 13 years of experience in IT, I still believe that I have achieved very little and I have a lot to learn. I have experience in team management and have dozens of successfully completed projects on my account, but I believe that my management skills are far from perfect. I feel like I need to improve my communication skills. My knowledge of building a business is minimal. I know where to start, but I have neither the knowledge nor the experience to enable me to do it right. I have no acquaintances who own their own businesses, with whom I could consult. I hope the MBA program will give me both acquaintances and skills and knowledge that I can use to achieve my goals.

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