Anna is ambitious, driven and determined to make the most of her FLEX program year. Within the first two months of arriving in the U.S., she completed over 30 hours of community service. To promote cancer awareness, Anna participated in "Paint the Town Purple" and raised $250 for the American Cancer Society "Relay for Life." Anna also volunteers with "Happy Trails," an organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding for youth with disabilities. Anna confesses that she does not have a lot of time to play sports herself, but she has become "an inveterate fan" of her host school football team. Not only was she active in this year’s homecoming rallies, but she also spends most of her lunch time working in the school store and decorating the school before football games. She is a member of the ASB Leadership Club and plans to join several other clubs while on program.
Anna loves her host family. She is making a film for her school film class about her 100 year old host grandmother. She says the film is to immortalize her—to remember people who fought for future generations—to show in the film "that a life story of one person is the history of the country in which they live." Anna’s says that her dream to study in the USA has come true; it is not only an honor but also a responsibility. "I am a little ambassador of my country." Without a doubt, Anna is making history for her home country Kazakhstan.