Our genYOU story is on Anastasiia (Ana) Kuleshova. Coming to us all the way from Ukraine, Ana is a passionate and driven QUT marketing whiz + administrative assistant and Founder + President of the EcoQUT club. Basically, Ana is #killingit right now, and with a ‘no limitations’ attitude, it’s easy to see why.
Name: Anastasiia Kuleshova
Current role: Works casual at QUT as a digital marketing ambassador and as an administrative assistant, Founder and a President of the EcoQUT club that spreads awareness about sustainability, an active student leader on campus and holds various student roles.
How did you get involved with generationYOU and how did you find this experience?
I met Nadine after she was matched as my mentor through the QUT Mentor Scheme in 2016. I was excited to connect with Nadine because I already volunteered for one of the events she and Lisa organised at QUT and absolutely loved their approach to event management.
As a mentee, I had perks of volunteering at the events Bright Conferences organise in Brisbane. I am one of the students who are warmly welcomed at their events. I also have a chance hang out with Nadine and Lisa at the separate learning sessions for the small Bright Conferences Training Program squad. I must admit, every single experience with the Bright Conferences team inspired me to create and innovate.
I volunteered at generationYOU Live in 2017, and that experience really showed me how many talented and aspiring students we have in Brisbane.
Additionally, the speakers at the genYOU encourage us to grow professionally and shine brightly as we have so much potential and different opportunities to develop.
Could you tell us a bit about yourself and where you are headed in your career right now?
I am a Ukrainian girl who likes getting involved in exciting projects ALL THE TIME. My interest for different programs & projects that are built around personal or community development have turned into my lifestyle now.
Despite having some understanding of what makes me happy and inspires me, my career goals change every month. You might call me indecisive, but I see myself a Multipotentialist (according to one great Ted Talk by Emilie Wapnick) or as a liminal person (according to another great Ted talk by Marianne Cantwell). I 100% stand by no limitations in career aspirations, that’s why I don’t know where I am going to be in 2 years because my profession probably does not exist (yet).
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
Well, I cannot say I aspire one person, apart from Beyoncé, of course. But seriously, any person I meet inspires me because I can learn something new from them.
My inspiration builds up and the more people I speak to during the day the more inspired I feel.
I am not a big believer in role models, I cherish the uniqueness we all have and prefer not to get distracted by watching someone else’s life. Everyone has their own paths, and nothing will inspire me more than following that path.
Your genYOU story will have the attention of over 1 000 millennials. What is the one advice you would give them when you reflect on your own journey?
Can I give two? – Live like there is no tomorrow and support others.
Firstly, living like there is no tomorrow helps me to get shit done and enjoy the life I’m living (Duh). Seriously, guys, there is no “I’ll do it later” or “Someone else will do it”.
I like living by the quote of John E. Lewis “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” and I recommend you do the same sometimes.
Secondly, I think when we support others it makes our society truly powerful. If your friend has a dream or a project idea, be there to support & encourage them to kick ass!
Thank-you for giving me the opportunity to share my genYOU story!