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Leading in a Global Market : Multifaceted Russian American Student Overcomes Obstacles

UA business minor students in Spain.
This summer, Aleksey Cherobelskiy
became the first UA student to complete Harvard Business School's Summer
Venture in Management Program.

Photo by Kris Snibbe.

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October 2010

By La Monica Everett-Haynes
University Communications

Aleksey Chernobelskiy (BSBA Finance and Accounting, BA Economics, BS Mathematics '11) arrived in the U.S. unable to speak English and following a family dream to excel academically and professionally. Chernobelskiy’s family left its native Russia 10 years ago in pursuit of better access to education. Chernobelskiy recalled arriving in Tucson speaking no English, but he and his brother were dedicated to his parents’ desire that they strive to achieve academically.

“The move was made for several reasons, but mainly my parents wanted my brother and me to experience the American dream,” said Moscow-born Chernobelskiy, a University of Arizona senior and Honors College student majoring in finance, accounting, mathematics, and economics.

“In Russia, college is not for everyone,” Chernobelskiy said, noting that unless one has the financial means, attending college often is out of reach. Once in the U.S., Chernobelskiy began learning English through books his teachers assigned him. 

Today, Chernobelskiy, who conducts research and does day trading, attends the UA full-time along with his older brother, Roman Chernobelskiy, who is studying computer science and mathematics.

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