Hello! My name is Mark Chudnovsky and I’m a second-year student studying Neuroscience at Boston College. I’ve lived in the Boston area for a little over 10 years, and when I was younger I also spent some time in New York and Illinois. If I’m not thinking about academics, you will probably catch me playing chess, swimming, or studying foreign languages. When it comes to languages, I speak both English and Russian, though I do have a limited understanding of some languages as well.
One of the classes I’m taking this Fall semester is called PULSE. This course lasts one year, nd offers the unique opportunity to be part of meaningful class discussions while also becoming more engaged with the community around Boston. When I found out I was accepted to serve at LBFE for my PULSE service, I was thrilled. As I’ve grown older, I’ve spent more and more time with my grandparents, which has enabled me to learn a lot about their lives. I find their stories fascinating and use them to give me a fresh perspective on the way I view challenges and accomplishments in my life. As I begin to spend time with other older adults, I’m excited to develop relationships and hear their stories as well, since they contain important life lessons that younger adults can benefit from. Additionally, as a chess player, I’ve had the opportunity to play individuals from various backgrounds and look forward to playing with anyone interested (or learning a new board game instead!)
Over the course of this experience (and specifically, as it pertains to being a Team Leader), I’d like to improve my leadership skills. This includes making sure I can communicate with everyone in the room as well as ensuring that everyone feels welcome and engaged in the activities we’ll be running. One way I can ensure this is by learning new words from our community members!