Month: March 2019


Student of the Month

School: Methodist University Region: SAACURH
Nominee: Kseniia Petrova Nominator: Fernando Chivela

On-Campus Population: 1200 Chapter Size: 20

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

In celebration of woman’s history month, it is with great honor that I nominate Kseniia Petrova for her outstanding leadership and tireless efforts in raising awareness about the ‘Monarch Spirit’ in our community. At Methodist University, Kseniia Petrova is a sophomore international student from Russia majoring in Mass Communication and minoring in Management. In her academic life, Kseniia aims for outstanding goals and her love for learning allows her to stay focused, enjoy the process of studying, and perform well in all of her classes. This month in particular, Kseniia’s efforts have been recognized not only by me but also by other members of our community.

For her hard work during the first year of university, this month, Kseniia was inducted as member of the Alpha Lambda Delta (National First Year Student Honor Society). In addition to her academic determination, Kseniia intends to maintain a high GPA and graduate one semester earlier. This month she was also asked to participate in three academic presentations during the week of the undergraduate symposium of research and creativity; for which she prepared an individual presentation on the topic of Media Literacy and two group presentations on the topic of Cultural Diversity and The Importance of International Students to Universities and Colleges in the United States.

Apart from being an exemplar student, Kseniia is also a charismatic and servant leader. As a Leadership Fellow, this month Kseniia managed to complete the requirements of the program, including the SL@M (Student Leaders at Methodist) program and the BB&T Emerging Leaders Certification. Kseniia is a member of the executive board of two organizations on campus. She is the Vice president of the MU Reports News Show, which is going to issue its second episode this April, where Kseniia shot a story about the panel presentation about the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. She is also the treasurer of the MU International club and the results of the hard work of the group were evident during the New Pangea Show on March 14, where, apart from organizing the event, Ksenia and her group performed a traditional Russian dance. Ksenia is also a member of the MU Speech and Debate team. She has successfully performed at the competitions at Jacksonville State College (Florida) and at UNC Charlotte, where she placed 5th place in persuasive speaking. This month, the team’s coach and the Applied Communication department noticed Ksenia’s progress and nominated her as the recipient of the Pi Kappa Delta Speech and Debate Honorary Award.

Ksenia’s passion is journalism. She has been working in the media field since she was 17 and was a successful professional in Russia. She did not stop writing during her time at UWC Dilijan college and as she started her journey at Methodist University. Currently, Kseniia is working for the University Relations department as a media worker. She takes pictures of the school events and writes articles for the MU Today magazine. This month, one of her papers was approved to be printed in the next volume of the Monarch Review, journal of Undergraduate Research and creativity.

Despite her daily busy schedule, Kseniia does not struggle of being overwhelmed. She knows how to manage her time in a way that she finishes all her tasks on time and still has time to socialize and to rest. In short, this month has definitely been one where the spotlight has been on Kseniia for her outstanding character and compassion towards her classmates, professors, resident assistants, and close friends. So, there is no doubt in my mind that she deserves the Student of the Month Award!

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Date of entry into database: 2019-03-31 20:53:56

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