Yelizaveta was born in Ukraine and has lived in Maryland most of her life. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2016 with a BA in anthropology with honors and a minor in film production.

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?

I began working at an assisted living facility my freshman year of college, and what was once just a side job for me has since turned into a long-term commitment and a parallel career to film-making. Advocating for and providing holistic elderly care has become a great passion for me and has truly shaped who I am. It is my hope that through this work I can help people gain an understanding and appreciation of individuals who have weakened bodies or cognitive functions but remain whole human beings who still have a lot to contribute and teach and who deserve meaningful interaction and love as much as they deserve competent care. I recently became a certified nursing assistant, and I plan to continue acquiring education and experience to carry on in this field.

What do you like to do for fun?

In my spare time I love to read and always have a print book, ebook, and audiobook going at the same time. I am the happiest doing anything outdoors, and so I am very excited to be moving to Alabama with so much diverse natural beauty. In my less productive spare time, I can be found on the couch watching the same shows over and over again on Netflix.