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February 2, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Meet Tanya Dovbnya; OPIE and International Student Adviser

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Meet Tanya Dovbnya, the OPIE and International Student Adviser here at the College of Arts and Sciences. She was born and raised in the city of Zhytomyr in Ukraine. She received her undergraduate degree at Zhytomyr State University in the field of teaching English and German as foreign languages, minoring in World Literature. She went on to receive her Med in English as a foreign language at the same university in 2007. In 2011, she came to Ohio University for the M.A. program in Applied Linguistics.

Now, Tanya works for the Ohio Program of Intensive English and the College of Arts & Sciences as an academic adviser for international students. She works to make the students’ transitions from the language classes to full-academic courses smooth and successful. She also helps the international students with reading DARS, scheduling, and meeting their academic requirements. She also participates in OPIE testing and placement. Tanya’s goal is to facilitate the international students’ academic success through closer collaboration with the College of Art’s and Sciences faculty and departmental advising coordinators.

Tanya’s biggest piece of advice to give to students is to enjoy their college years because they go by fast. She believes it I crucial for one to appreciate the opportunity to learn and take advantage of all the interesting things our university has to offer. She also suggests that students stay open to various fields, not just those relating to their major. They should be open to trying new classes and activities that could spark interests in other areas.

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