Lakeland College graduate Olena Mykhaylova ’02 was the featured speaker at Thursday’s well-attended Opening Convocation, which annually serves as the official start to the college’s academic year.
Olena, who left Lakeland with a triple major (economics, chemistry and math), is an assistant professor of economics in the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond in Virginia. She holds a master of arts and a doctorate in economics from Georgetown University.
During her 25-minute talk, Olena urged Lakeland’s students to make the most of their time, participate in extra-curricular activities, interact with Lakeland’s many international students and, most importantly, work hard not to be average.
Following Olena to the podium was Lakeland President Dan Eck, who offered students some simple advice: Take care of themselves, take care of others and take care of Lakeland College.