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Hometown: Perm, Russia.

Degree or certificate program at CLC: Applied mathematics; attended CLC from 2012 to 2014.

Transfer school: Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island; working toward a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics-economics.

Interests and hobbies: Tennis, traveling.

Sofia Karionova

I loved all my CLC math classes, but taking Calculus I with Byron Hunter was a turning point for me. Before I came to the U.S., I wasn’t sure what career path I wanted to pursue. In that class, I found that math is not merely abstract, and I began considering it as a vehicle to approach practical situations, such as calculating the volume of complex shapes using integration. I realized that applied math is what I am passionate about.

Outside of course work, I was a student senator, an officer for two clubs (international and math), a math tutor and a writing tutor. I also volunteered at international student orientations and club activities. All of these CLC experiences were meaningful, but the most memorable ones for me were Make A Difference Day, the Emerging Leaders program and judicial board hearings.

I have many exciting thoughts about my future. I want to start my own research under the mentorship of my professors at Brown, which in turn will provide the deep foundation for my major and will prepare me for graduate school.

At CLC, I made friends from all over the world! I met people without whom I can’t imagine my life now, and that is one of the reasons I’m grateful to CLC. Most of my friendships formed through clubs meetings, orientations and tutoring. It was very informative and exciting to interact with people of different cultural backgrounds and find the differences between my culture and other cultures.

CLC’s English Language Instruction program made a significant impact on my success in English Composition courses. Not only did I gain confidence in my English skills, but also I familiarized myself with American academic writing and, most important, learned its format. My math classes definitely helped me to prepare for my SAT Math level 2 test, and my English classes developed my writing skills, which in turn helped me to prepare for the ACT and (TOEFL) tests. I feel confident that the knowledge and skills I have gained at CLC have well prepared me for Brown University.

To decide on a field of study, get used to American culture and save money, I decided to attend community college first. On the Internet, I found a couple of American community colleges that interested me and emailed them. I received a very welcoming email from Tammy Mireles, CLC’s international student recruitment coordinator. She was very nice and encouraging, and she gave me an email address for Kate, an international student from Russia at CLC. After talking to Tammy and Kate, I decided to apply to CLC.