By Aaron Tooyak
Imagine yourself moving to another country to start your college career. At 16, Asida Ivanova began her studies at APU as an international student. Asida, Siberian Native (Sakha) grew up in Yakutsk, Russia – recorded to be the coldest inhabited city on earth with an average daily temperature of -37.5 F degrees during winter months.
In 2001, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from APU, and masters in Public Administration in Monta Ray, California. Asida is currently the Quality Program Manager with ASRC Energy Services and proud mother of two, Nolan and Ellie.
Why did you choose Alaska?
I came to Alaska because of the similarities between the landscape and environment with home. I’m adventurous and I enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures.
Why was APU your first choice?
APU had a great international student program and I also appreciated the fact that there were students from other countries. APU’s program focused on cultural emersion and language studies. Plus, the small class sizes allowed me to participate in discussions.
How did the APU faculty help with your degree development?
I spoke English when I came to APU, but my goal was to become fluent. My professors were well trained and equipped to provide me with an excellent education. I’m grateful for Edith Taylor, Hazel Blackmore, John Tichotsky, Rusty Meyers, and many other faculty members who helped me and other students succeed.
What values from APU have stayed with you?
Being active in your education and appreciating the outdoors. Also, how everything depends on you, what you strive for, and what opportunities you take. For instance, I was president of the International Students Club.
Why should someone donate to APU?
The generous donations I received from individuals and businesses helped me complete my education at APU. As a student, you really need the financial support for tuition, books, and lodging.