Vlad Leskovetc is an exchange student from South Ural State University in Chelyabinsk, Russia. He is currently pursuing his master of business administration (MBA) degree, and is a graduate assistant in the Bolte School of Business. He recently spoke with Mount officials about coming to the Mount.
How did you first learn about the Mount?
I became aware of Mount St. Mary’s five years ago when Mount St. Mary’s students came on a trip to South Ural State University. Through the foreign exchange program the two sister schools share, I was able to learn of experiences that students had in America and exchanged stereotypes as well. During that first experience in Russia, students came and explored the area of the Ural Mountains, met with students from the school and learned about life in Russia, and the stark contrasts that exist between the two nations as well as some of the similarities. Two years later I came and visited; I am fortunate enough to be quite fluent in English so I could socialize with the students of Mount St. Mary’s. I enjoyed my experience here very much.
What do you like now since you began taking graduate level courses?
In Russia the teacher lectures and lectures and that is all it is, here at the Mount there is a lot more interaction between students to professors. The global topics that we discuss in class are very interesting. The ability for students to work out and train with other athletes in the same center is also unbelievable and the [PNC Sports Complex] center itself offers so much to do even though I do not play very many sports as we do in America.
Any dislikes so far?
Not so far – but I wish more people spoke Russian over here!