My parents say that my brother was always a grownup and that I was always a little girl. Maybe this had something to do with the fact that he spent his days winning chess and math tournaments while I was content playing with my dolls on the floor of my bedroom. There are many things in my life that have changed, but one that hasn't is that I am still kid at heart. I still think it's magical when it snows and you can go sledding and making snowmen, I love stories about princesses and their valiant knights, and in the end of the day, I really do believe that if you are a good, kind person everything in your life will turn out for the better.
I grew up in the former Soviet Union and my family moved to Denver, Colorado when I was 10 years old. And then I came to Boston for graduate school and stayed there to work! Now I am back in Boulder, teaching middle school English which means that my friends can always count on me to entertain them with stories of my students. And while of course, there are days that make me wanna pull my hair out, I feel very lucky to have found a job that I really really love.
While not teaching, I like hanging out with my friends and doing anything outside--hiking, taking walks, or drinking coffee on a bench.