Yelin dances, teaches in Argentina on Fulbright Scholarship
Name: Boris Yelin
Majors at UofL: Political Science & Spanish (Class of 2010)
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Current location and job title: Santa Fe, Argentina – Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at the Almirante Brown Institute
The thing I like most about what I do: I love sharing knowledge about American culture with students and comparing our cultures. Sometimes there are stereotypes and generalizations on both sides that are easily cleared up with a few pieces of information.
My day begins: In the morning with errands and occasional trip to the grocery or laundromat. Then, I go to the gym, make lunch (which is often the largest meal of the day), teach in the evening, and go to dance lessons afterward.
My most interesting Fulbright story (so far): I truly felt like the voice of the United States when I was questioned by several classes about my opinion on the death of Osama bin Laden.
Languages I speak: English, Russian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Catalan
Future plans: I plan to go to graduate school and either pursue a Masters related to Diplomacy or a PhD in Linguistics
How the McConnell Center impacted my career path: The Center helped me hone my leadership ability and encouraged me to make a difference in whatever career path I choose.
Favorite McConnell Center speaker: George Bush. It is a rare opportunity to meet and speak with a head of state in a personal setting like the one we we met him in.
My favorite McConnell Center-suggested book:Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
My favorite book:1984 by George Orwell
Favorite quotation: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. ‘The Golden Rule’
Most interesting thing about me: I ballroom dance competitively.