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Mariya Kapinos from Ukraine



I am an interesting package - a journalist from Ukraine with Bachelors in literature, Masters in journalism, former Arduino electronic prototyping platform teacher with the affection to German literature, music and language. I switched to journalism in late 2013, when the war in my country unraveled. After that I worked in a few places, for example as a fixer for journalists from such outlets as Washington Post and New York Times. About two years ago I landed staff writer job in Kyiv Post English language newspaper. In a year, I have been promoted to the video editor. I like videos and animation for its international value. You can tell the story without saying a word.

Yet I still write. It is hard to be a journalist in Ukraine. I’d say it is hard to be Ukrainian in general – death rate increased too much in recent years. I love this country with all my heart yet there are things and situations I would rather not be familiar with. Still, just as many people throughout the world, I believe that young souls like me and my friends can make a difference, can make our country a much safer place.

Why do I need this Arizona project so much? Because I refuse to give bribes “to speed up the process” and always pay for my bus tickets, even if no one is watching. And I want to see the society where (hypothetically) these rules apply. I see how much a month I have spent in Germany has changed my life perception. Now I am curious how would these four months in the United States influence my character.

Year 2018 turned out to be quite outstanding for me:I finally finished the documentary I have been working on for two years, graduated the university, and was selected for two internships in Czech Republic and Germany.And I definitely do not mind meeting the beginning of year 2019 in Arizona where I will get a chance to meet so many inspiring people and seeing places I’ve read about. Also, I think that in order to influence the world, you have to become the kind of person the world will want to listen to. As for today this is my main goal.


Mariyas resume
Mariyas letter of recommendation from the University

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