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Anna

, 21 years old

I have a passion for physics, and because of World ORT Kadima Mada, I will have the ability to pursue my passion as part of Intel’s team when I graduate.

My family is from the former Soviet Union and I grew up in Beer Sheva. While I wasn’t sure if I would have the opportunity to study at Beer Sheva Technological College, from an early age I was always driven to pursue my college degree. I knew early on that I wanted to obtain my diploma and work for a big industry.

As a child, I always loved science. One of the subjects I concentrated on in high school was physics. Today I have a passion for physics and thanks to World ORT Kadima Mada, I have the ability to pursue my passion.

I am currently in Intel’s Mechatronics program, a major that combines mechanical engineering and microelectronics. While I was serving in the IDF, I was recruited to be a part of this incredible opportunity to get my degree and work for Intel upon receipt of my diploma. I seized the opportunity!

The best part of my studies is the opportunity I have to gain a deeper understanding of how elements of everyday life work and function. I have an intense course load—I take 11-12 classes per semester.

In my life, one of my biggest challenges was becoming economically independent when I left my family’s home two years ago. Learning how to study and support myself financially is not easy. I had to figure out how to pay my bills and still prioritize my studies.

I have been able to strike a work-study balance by working for the college and tutoring students who are having challenges in the microelectronics program. I tutor math, physics, hydraulics, and mechatronics at night and on the weekends. I meet students in our labs, and we try to address hands on how to resolve their academic challenges. The best piece of advice I give them: If you want to be successful, you must practice. It takes hard work—and that hard work is not limited to the classroom or lab. When you work hard and test the practical application of our coursework both at home and in school, you will be able to succeed.

My math teacher Amir has had a huge impact on me. I am now in his electronics systems course. He is the best teacher I have ever had because he stimulates us intellectually and makes us try harder and do more. I am very proud of myself for maintaining a 95% cumulative average, but the best moment by far will be when I receive my diploma and start to work for Intel. It will prove that all my efforts were worth it.