“I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.”
— Tom Stoppard
My first two words in English were “shut up” and “money.” If I could tell my 7-year-old self anything, it would be this: those are the only two words you need to know.
I was born in Grozny, Russia on May 7, 1995, and moved a total of 16 times before settling with my family in Charlotte, North Carolina, where my vocabulary, thankfully, expanded well past those two words. I attended school in Charlotte until the 8th grade, but through high school studied abroad in Russia. It was during this time in my life that I learned about how big and diverse our world is, and how many rich stories, real stories, are waiting to be told. My calling in life is to tell those stories truthfully.
I’m currently a senior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte studying Communication in Mass Media with a minor in Journalism. Since January 2017, I’m reporting for CN2 News based out of Rock Hill, South Carolina.