Congratulations to Elena Ivanova for being our At-Large of the Week! Elena has been so passionate and diligent about her work in Senate thus her contributions had to be recognized! Congrats again, Elena!!
Hometown: Cedar Park, Texas
Year/Major: Freshman/Public Health and Plan II
Committee: Faculty Affairs
Something you enjoy about Senate: Senate is such a vibrant community filled with so many dedicated individuals who truly care about expanding opportunities at UT. I love being surrounded and motivated by such inspirational people! Also, my committee is incredible and I wanted to give a shout-out to Christina and Sarah for being the best co-chairs a girl can ask for!
Something you like to do outside of Senate: When I'm not in the Senate office, I love to read (currently reading My Place by Sally Morgan), Skype with my dog, and watch nine and a half minute game highlights of all Cavs' games.
If you were a character from a book/movie, who would you be & why: I would be Lucy Kelson from Two Weeks Notice! Sandra Bullock is a fantastic actress and, even though the movie is a fairly predictable romantic comedy, Lucy is a woman dedicated to advocating for equal rights and fairness, and she is not afraid to stand up for herself and for others. I aspire to share her values when I am older; I'm also assuming that Hugh Grant is part of the package deal.
Your dream vacation: Fly to France for a month and visit Paris, Versailles, Marseille, Nice, and Toulouse. Afterwards, go to Italy and rent out a villa by the sea and spend time outdoors reading and writing. I will then spend the third month backpacking through Spain. I have always been fascinated with European history and culture; I am a big fan of humanist discoveries and Renaissance art and architecture; I just want to take the time to explore these countries that are supported by thousands of years of historical significance.
Something you're currently obsessed with: I am obsessed with Hamilton. I wasn't sure what the show truly entailed until I watched a spotlight on the musical and how it came to fruition on PBS News a few weeks ago, and now it's my dream to be able to see it in person! I am also obsessed with mangoes, Jane the Virgin, solitaire (I'm constantly playing it on my phone), and keeping up with the latest and largely unsubstantiated celebrity gossip.