TEDxUCSD | 2017 | anastasia-yezhova
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Anastasiya Yezhova ’18

Major: Management Science | Applied Math

Minor: Accounting


Tell us about yourself!
Oh god, okay. I am the internal finance manager at TEDxUCSD. For fun I like getting into the weird part of Youtube and cooking. I don’t actually like cooking, but I do like eating what I make, so it balances out. I am also a dog enthusiast and will gasp out-loud whenever I see one. I’m not as much of a cat person, but if presented with one, I will pet and love it <3.
What is your favorite TED talk and why?

My favorite TED talk is “What if you could trade a paperclip for a house?” by Kyle MacDonald. Spoiler: He could and he did, and he explains his process and the people he met along the way. I think it’s very easy for us to get so involved with our own lives we forget about the people that don’t live in our bubble. This was such a creative way to meet new people and to explore his surroundings, and I see it as a fun little talk that can bring up your mood when you feel down.

What enticed you to choose your major(s) and/or minor(s)?
I was originally going to go into Bioengineering, when one day the summer before starting first year I realized that I never even particularly liked science, and that the only class I ever liked was econ in high school. It was a mini-rebellion for me, because my parents had always wanted me to go into science or engineering. But I am very happy I switched and always love my econ classes! I added applied math in second year because I intend to go to grad school after college and math would help me there!
What is your interpretation of this years TEDxUCSD theme, Madness and Miracles?
For me, I like to interpret it as crazy chances can create great things. For example, what were the odds that leaving a Petri dish open on accident could lead to the discovery of penicillin?
Who/What inspires you?
My own future. I understand that the only way to get to where I want to be is by working for it. And if I don’t put in the effort now, I won’t get there. Whenever I feel like giving up on something, I remind myself that I am working on myself, and that every time I work through something hard, future me becomes a little better at that, too.
If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
I would want to fly. Imagine watching fireworks from way up high!
What's one thing you can't live without?
My refrigerator. My friend’s broke recently so she couldn’t keep any food in her house for a whole week and that idea makes me shudder.
What is one life goal that you have?
I promised my sister when she was eleven that when she turns twenty-one I would take her skydiving. I hope that I will able to keep my promise to her.
Choose a song to describe you and explain why you chose this song.
Sweet Serendipity by Lee DeWyze. I am a pretty happy-go-lucky person, and it’s pretty hard to shake me to the point where I am upset. I hope that this follows me through life, and that I’ll still be very happy when I’m a hundred years old.