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Irina Starikova is our January 2004 Student of the Month

She scored a 760 on the GMAT this winter!!!

Irina Starikova is one of those engaging, warm young women who attract and ease one into a pleasant conversation instantly. Being from Russia's Far East, reputed for its unusually harsh conditions likely to harden any soul that ever lived long enough in those confines, this is rather remarkable. Irina moved to Moscow two years ago after graduating from one of the top Russian scientific institutions, the Novosibirsk Physics and Mathematics Institute, to conquer the "ultimate" Russian city. By that time, this young women already had under her belt some solid experience as a professional in private finance; she had worked at one of the first Russian private equity funds, set up by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, in the Far East city of Novosibirsk. Subsequently, she was to contribute to the development of the company's Moscow office, before moving to Seattle with her husband who landed a job with Microsoft. This winter, she took her GMAT, after preparing with Pericles, and scored an impressive 760 (top 1%!). Her satisfaction was immense when she related the news to us. Among her dearest plans is attending one of the top B-schools in America and becoming, as she puts it, "one of the best professionals in the field of private equity finance in Russia." For that purpose, she has just sent off her application to Stanford. Irina Confesses that her extra professional interests and hobbies are a bit conservative. She says she enjoys learning new languages and fluently speaks German and French. Living in Moscow has also given her the opportunity to amply satisfy her other hobbies: theater and the arts. We have no doubt whatever that Irina will be more than able to fulfill her dreams.