Day-after-day, senior Karolina Dombaxi strikes ahead with goal. Whereas her objectives are huge, her ambition is greater.
Born in Moscow, Russia, Dombaxi and her dad and mom immigrated to the US when she was 5 years previous, settling in Buffalo, New York.
“Being a first-generation faculty scholar and immigrant is loads of stress,” she mentioned. “It comes with the information that I’m setting a path for my household and for whoever comes after me… It’s an accomplishment, sure, however it’s additionally a weight on my shoulders.”
Working arduous and remaining centered on her life objectives is how Dombaxi maintains her excessive output whereas additionally maintaining anxiousness at bay.
A journalism main within the Jandoli Faculty of Communication with a minor in criminology, she serves as president of Her Campus at SBU and as a scholar employee for the Workplace of Alumni Engagement. She was the primary junior to obtain the Tapestry Variety Award, being honored for her deal with variety, fairness and inclusion in her work.
Dombaxi needs to journey the world and expertise totally different faiths, cultures and meals. She additionally desires of at some point changing into a celebrated novelist.
“I need to write novels with characters that not solely I can relate to however that give a voice and inspiration to little Black ladies or Black girls,” Dombaxi mentioned. “Rising up, loads of the adventurous fantasy books I learn didn’t have characters that seemed, acted or had any experiences that I did. That’s one thing I need to change.”
She appreciates the personalised schooling she’s receiving at St. Bonaventure and the close-knit neighborhood she’s discovered right here.
“What I really like most about being a scholar within the Jandoli Faculty is the assist,” she mentioned. “Not solely am I supported and helped by my professors but in addition by my classmates who do not view me as competitors and are at all times glad to assist.”
Anna M. Bulszewicz, lecturer within the Jandoli Faculty, has excessive reward for a way Dombaxi has approached being at school.
“Karolina is finishing her journey as a refined, fierce, female pressure. That is what we hope for. She ‘bought the project,’” Bulszewicz mentioned. “She takes benefit of her alternatives, works arduous for her success, and chooses victory. In my view, figuring out she’s going to professionally contribute to our future world, interprets to immense promise.”
It’s a future Dombaxi can not wait to start. Even whereas settling in for her remaining 12 months as an undergrad, she is laying the groundwork for all times after commencement.
“What conjures up me is the considered being a financially impartial girl,” she mentioned. “I need to consider faculty as a steppingstone that helps me go on to greater and higher issues.”
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