ICC's Alferova Thinking Globally After School

Extra Effort: Maria Alferova

EAST PEORIA,Ill. - Sophomore Maria Alferova is down to her final two months at Illinois Central College.

It seems like the standout volleyball player has barely been there. She'll earn her associates degree in just a year-and-a-half.

"It's great to see my hard work pay off," Alferova said. "I'm definitely a futuristic-thinking person in accomplishing the goals I set out to do."

This year the international business major studied in Spain for the spring semester. And Alferova, who's a part of ICC's honors program also did an internship in the United Kingdom.

"She is very driven with vision and goals already set coming out of high school to what she was doing," ICC volleyball coach Sue Sinclair said. "Very focused and that has given her the opportunity to move at a faster pace."

Alferova, the libero on the nationally-ranked Cougars, hopes to use that International Business degree some day to work at an embassy outside the United States. She already speaks three languages.

Alferova was born in Delaware but lived the first six years of her life in Russia, where her parents were born. She speaks English, Russian and Spanish.

After she studied in Spain, Alferova spent three weeks on a job shadow at a U.S. embassy in Africa. She says she'd like to pursue a career in an embassy.

"I got to see what life is like at the US embassy and how we are employing democratic values to their countries. It was an amazing experience, said Alferova. "I think I'd be very interested in using my language skills and communication skills to work with people from Russia and Spain."


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