Dmitriy Yermolayev celebrated his twenty-first birthday this past November 6th. He was born in Russia and moved to the United States in 2000. Interestingly, he notes that he comes from a family of professional ballroom dancers. Now, he commutes to Pace from Poughkeepsie, NY, which is about fifty miles away.
Dmitriy, a senior and transfer student from SUNY Dutchess Community College, is double-majoring in Finance and Marketing Management with a minor in Economics. He says, “I believe that Finance will give me more of a scientific knowledge about markets, while Marketing compliments it with a qualitative, creative side.”
Outside the classroom, he serves as the Vice President of Operations of Kappa Iota Nu, a colony of the professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. He also holds a position on the executive board of the Management Society and belongs to a total of eight honor societies. He has taken part in Model UN conferences and has been involved with the Dyson Society of Fellows and the Lubin Leaders and Scholars Program; he is currently working on his thesis in the field of Finance in the latter. He must, however, be commended for his accomplishments and involvement at his former college where, he says. “I held a position of President of Alpha Beta Gamma business honor society. During that year, I led a major project which resulted in an endowment of a scholarship.”
Upon graduation, Dmitriy plans to attend law school. He says that after he gains some experience, about fifteen to twenty years, he will continue his education by entering a doctorate program. He says, “I would love to spend the second half of my life teaching and enjoying life in upstate New York alongside my girlfriend, Alicia King.”
He offers the following advice to fellow Honors students: “Strive for happiness. Of course life will not always be perfect; everyone is faced with disappointments, complex decisions, and general stress. However, one should try to find the bright side in every situation. Do not take everything too close to heart or you will worry yourself sick, and losing your health is the last thing you want. Almost all types of dilemmas can be resolved in one way or another. Just think of people you consider being your heroes, and how they overcame problems in their lives. Find ways of dealing with things that bother you, find things that motivate you, be social, surround yourself with people who will not drain you of your positive energy, and be a responsible student and citizen.”