Auto Biography | Ukraine Experience
I was born on March 17 1989 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, USSR. I’m Ukrainian. My mother’s dad, also Ukrainian is a wine expert and since there are no borders within Soviet Union he ended up working for some elite University in Kyrgyzstan, that’s why I was born so far from Ukraine.
My mother is a doctor, she works for a government as a health inspector, pretty much any institution treats her as an IRS agent is treated here, they have to keep everything according to the rules, whether it’s a privately owned restaurant or a government hospital. My dad on the other hand has quite a dynamic career. He started from working in police, then as a professor of law in military college, then as an immigration agent of Ukraine and most recently as a drug policy adviser for UN. Currently he leads a substance-abuse prevention program in many schools in Ukraine. Check out his site if you’d like to know more.
In my early childhood we used to travel a lot thousands of miles apart from Czechoslovakia to some deep Russian territory, I don’t know where and how often I was too little, my earliest memory is of Chernihiv in Ukraine, a city with over 13 centuries of history from which we never moved out, although we moved 4 times within the city. I attended school #20 from elementary to high-school, and in high-school I had extended English classes. I graduated high-school with a golden medal of excellence, around 3.8 GPA. When I was in high-school I thought it was very important for my future but as turns out it’s not. I did however got into computers and took part in multiple city-wide competitions representing my school for informatics subject. Education system is quite different here in the US so I can’t really compare pre-college part of it.
I did however attend for a year and a half a most elite University in my city. I was paid by government to attend it, 50% students in all government colleges in Ukraine who succeed to get high scores on tests are being paid some money, the rest 50% have to pay. College in Ukraine is way more difficult, I had 13 classes per semester, it was more than a full time job, and if I get less then 3.0 GPA I lose the stipend. Here being 17 during some long lectures I started sketching a design for my first site, which I made live ta year after.
In December 2005 a business trade mission from New Hampshire came to Ukraine. One of the members of this delegation was a friend of my father – Mr. Lowney, businessman and a president of Boys and Girls Club in NH. How my father got a friend in the US is a whole another story part of which you can read here. But through him I got involved in the mission’s events and on occasion served as an interpreter. Among the delegation there were president of FPU Dr. Hagerty and Raymond Van der Riet a vice-president. In this article from local paper you can see Mr. Lowney at the most left and me being the tallest 16 year old teenager on the most right. In 2007 I came to visit United States as a tourist for a month; I’ve visited FPU campus, met Dr. Hagerty again and was invited to study at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge NH. I enjoyed every day of it.
At FPU I had Computer Information Technology as a major, which allowed me to take every web-development class college had to offer. I had two minors – Business Administration and Graphic Design. In my freshmen year I was helping out my friends and their friends with little web-projects which grew bigger with time. I remember I made my first website for a $60 for a soccer player that came to the meeting of graphic design club looking for someone to make him a website. From there I slowly and then rapidly got to the place where I am now in relation to web-design. I picked up graphic design and 3D modeling along my journey and now mastering photography, electronic music and moving my ears.
My roommate in college was happy by watching TV all day, he didn’t want to travel nor was he excited about adventures. I never understood him nor I ever will… but it seemed like he was happy with it and after all that’s all that matters. I figured as long as one doesn’t hurt others I can’t judge anyone including my roommate, I respect his views and in fact I’m glad for him.
But what makes me happy is something totally opposite. A gasp of fresh air on a mountain’s peak, a soothing sound of wind in the sails, an adventure whether it’s a bike ride to a new neighborhood or a distant trip across the ocean with my special one; jamming on the guitar with friends and coming up with tunes we regrettably forget the next day, making electronic music using my new midi-controller and pretending to be a world known DJ, going to EDM concerts, meeting new people, reading a psychology book with a cat purring on my lap, watching documentaries, creating some surrealistic digital art and way more to describe everything here. There are, however, few things that I’m particularly excited about:
I enjoy taking care of my car. I just love driving it, flatting the throttle, feeling the Gs, hearing the whistling sound of turbocharger… ohh and the bass of revving cylinders… I make sure my car is always clean and smells good. And of course I wouldn’t enjoy my car as much if it wouldn’t be a SAAB, this carmaker’s philosophy fascinates me and here I describe why. I’m very passionate about soccer, the epic team plays and risky solo takes, especially that moment after you kick the ball transferring ALL of your kinetic energy to it and hanging in the state of zero gravity with no control… only being able to watch the ball flaring through and hoping for a goal. Besides all that I’m addicted to snowboarding, listening to my favorite tunes while descending the snowy slopes going heels to toes or just point blank flying. I value that moment when all sounds cease… you’re airborn.
When religious people ask me what I believe in, I tell them I believe in myself and my aspirations. I have confidence in my mind and my ability to do my best in any situation. Then they ask me, but how do I know what’s wrong and what’s right? Quite a tricky question… that yet puzzles me, but it’s obvious one doesn’t need a bible to be a good person, besides I think bible has a lot of flaws and should not be set as moral etalon. I live by (so far) three moral rules: I command respect to myself and people around me and I don’t tolerate disrespect; I will not intentionally hurt anyone directly or indirectly; I do not compromise at the cost of my integrity.
Nature and its mysteries fascinate me a lot. I remember asking my dad about molecules when I was 5 later by the time I was 10 I had huge encyclopedia books stacked on my shelf. I still have that desire to learn how everything works and frequently find myself reading wikipedia. My most favorite area is astrology. It blows my mind how little things make big things work. One thing I realized is that one can never stop improving and learning new things. As Benjamin Franklin said “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”
I also love nature for its abundance of awesome things and great people. I’m aware that life’s short and we all got just one, that’s why I never feel like watching TV because there’s just so many more things I can be doing that are more exciting or beneficial to me and my personal growth. My temperament INTJ or Rational Mastermind
Books I’ve read
- Flowers For Algernon – Daniel Keyes
- 1984 – George Orwell
- Foundation – Isaac Asimov
- Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert A. Heinlein
- Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
- The Man Who Laughs – Victor Hugo
- Return from the Stars – Stanisław Lem
- Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking – Malcolm Gladwell
- Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps – Allan & Barbara Pease
- The Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins
- Comedy Writing Secrets – Melvin Helitzer
- Please Understand Me II – David Keirsey
- Psychology of Winning – Dennis Waitley
- Never Eat Alone – Keith Ferrazzi
- The 4-Hour Workweek – Tim Ferriss
- How To Argue And Win Every Time – Gerry Spence
- The Six Pillars of Self Esteem – Nathaniel Branden
- The Psychology of Romantic Love – Nathaniel Branden
- Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
- How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
- Silent Power – Stuart Wilde
- Infinite Self – Stuart Wilde
- The Way of The Superior Man – David Deida
- The Miracle of Self-discipline – Brian Tracy
- Body Language – Allan Pease
- You Were Born Rich – Bob Proctor
- Emotional Intelligence – Daniel Goleman
- The Mystery Method – Mystery
- The Truth – Neil Strauss
- The Game – Neil Strauss