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Polina

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hometown: Norwalk, Connecticut

 

Extracurriculars: FitRec, AdClub, The BU Buzz

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Why are you studying public relations?
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"I really liked the idea of being in charge of an image, and how it’s portrayed to the public. I feel that's a very important aspect of any product, whether it be a person, company or thing. lf it looks bad, then they're not going to make any money. But if it looks good, it will be successful. So image is very important to me."

What objects in your dorm represent your identity or home life?
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"I also have this little vase of sun flowers. They’re the national flower of Ukraine, so I put those out to show my support, and make my room more homey. It reminds me of the times where I was a little younger, and we'd be driving past all the sunflowers fields in Ukraine, and we’d go into my grandma's farm. It’s a little hard dealing with the war. My grandma and my mom's sister are still in the capital. Whenever my mom and I can reach them, it’s awesome to hear their voices. But it’s always in the back of your head. I've done a lot with helping them; last year, I created a fundrasier and we raised over $3,000."

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What are you struggling with?
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"It's just hard, being away from my family. I have a twin sister in New York, and my mom works in New York. Whenever I feel too stressed or overwhelmed, I like to either go on a run or go to the gym. I feel like if I hurt my body physically, then mentality, it's less like foggy in my head. You know? I feel more focused after, and I'm more productive."

College can be hardStudent Wellbeing provides support for Boston University students with resources, like the one below:

"Early on, it’s not unusual for students to feel a sense of loneliness, sadness, confusion, and preoccupation with thoughts about home. Homesickness can feel similar to grief, as one becomes separated from family, close friends, and familiar places. Your usual supports may not be close by to help you adjust to this unfamiliar environment, but knowing some tips for adjusting can be helpful in navigating this period."

Adjusting to University Life and Coping with Homesickness

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