The first thing you can say about Jane is that’s not her name. Born Yevgeniya Gayduk, the 21 year old says she uses the name Jane, not only for ease in the classroom, but as the by-line for her journalistic endeavors. This senior, majoring in psychology and journalism with a minor in creative writing, would like to keep the two spheres of writing, fiction and non-fiction, separate, not having the opinions of her peers in one influencing the other. It is a definitive statement made by an almost-graduate who knows exactly what she wants to do, a calm focus that stems out from her desires after college and the plans she has made if those choices don’t work out. Born in Odessa Ukraine, she moved to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn when she was three and a half, after her parents left the Eastern European country after the disintegration of the Soviet Union. “It was not an easy time.” Jane says quietly over her books. Now, the Brooklynite finds direction in psychology, family, yoga, and Budapest.

On Yoga: Yoga is a great way to escape the chaos of New York City. It’s more than just physical motion, or going through steps, there needs to be intention and focus behind it. The mental escape keeps me from going insane; for that hour or so you can focus on your mind and your body instead of the 3,000 plus things you need to do. I do love the physical exertion too, though. Keeps your abs in shape.

Her Two Brothers: My brother, Dmitriy, is an electrical engineer, he’s kind of a computer nerd. My cousin, Mike, works in the marketing department of a huge music label, he likes to get involved in extreme sports. The three of us are actually very close, we’ve definitely had disagreements, and we all fought a lot when we were kids, but now we’re older and we have no need for that. We take care of each other, we share friends, it’s a wonderful dynamic. We all go out together. I actually go to yoga with my cousin all the time, his mom/my aunt is a yoga instructor. We share books, we go on rock climbing and camping expeditions, beach trips. We chill. 

Future Plans: Actually, I visited Budapest while I studied abroad at NYU Prague in the spring of 2012 and I absolutely loved it– it was subtle, beautiful, and wildly underrated. I love Prague, too, but Budapest has a very specific International University with year-long master’s programs in tracks like IR. I think some education in economics and foreign policy would be helpful for the kind of articles I want to write, and it would round out my liberal arts degree with some perspective. Besides, I’ve lived in New York City for most of my life, I’m dying to take a break from the pace and my personal state of normalcy here. Why wouldn’t a post-grad want to spend some time in Europe?


Written by Dania Duran