The Berkeley Girls

A story of three beautiful Slavic women’s success, achieved through one of the best universities in the world, the University of California, Berkeley.

An elite academic community

The Berkeley Girls

The University of California, Berkeley is the flagship campus of the University of California system. The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) ranks UC Berkeley fourth in the world and first among public universities. The campus is well known for producing a high number of entrepreneurs and some of the best professionals in their respective fields. Some Berkeley grads include Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple; Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Intel; and Academy Awards winning actor, Gregory Peck.

An education at UC Berkeley provides more than a chance to get a respectable degree. It opens a lot of doors to some of the best employers in the nation. It also provides students with a great body of knowledge and some lifelong friendships. The competition to become a part of such an elite academic community is incredibly high. Out of 78,863 applications submitted in 2015 only 13,332 were accepted, making the 2015 acceptance rate only 16.9%! We wish to introduce you to three Slavic women who made the cut and started their professional journeys at UC Berkeley.

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Graduated in 2012 with a degree in Integrated Biology and Russian Language & Literature, currently working at, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.
Masha Kutilova

Masha Kutilova was born in Russia and moved to Los Angeles, California with her family when she was ten years old. The girl was a straight A student and ranked fourth in her graduating class. Like most immigrant families, the girl’s parents could not pay for college.

This did not stop Masha from applying to UC Berkeley, one of the most expensive public colleges in the nation. A great GPA got Masha in, but it was up to her to keep up with the program and cover the college costs. Masha applied for financial aid and scholarships and worked two jobs to make it through school. “I was doing research at the Children’s Hospital of Oakland Research Institute for four years and working in the Slavic Exchange Department at the University,” says Masha. She started out as an Integrated Biology Major but after taking some Russian Literature Courses she fell in love with reading and writing and graduated with a double major, Integrative Biology and Russian Language and Literature. “Getting a degree from UC Berkeley was one of the hardest things I have done in my life. At the same time, being a Berkeley student taught me discipline and time management, and I now have a degree that looks great on my resume.”


UC Berkeley Extension participant. Currently employed by Rubrik Data Management Company stationed in Palo Alto, California.

Yulia was born in Ukraine and moved to the United States four years ago to study abroad. She enrolled in the UC Berkeley extension where she studied Marketing and Business. In future Yulia considers earning a Master’s Degree from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

“I gained knowledge of the latest marketing concepts and techniques with courses on strategic marketing, analytics and metrics. I get to study emerging trends in social media and other innovative technologies,” says Yulia about studying at Berkeley. “One of the best things about being a Berkeley student is meeting amazing people from all over the world. I go to school with people from Brazil, Spain, France, Turkey, and Italy who are now my good friends.’’ Yulia is currently working as a marketing coordinator for a great startup stationed in Palo Alto, California. She feels blessed to be part of a great team and considers earning an MBA from UC Berkeley in future.


Graduated in 2015 with degrees in Political Science and Media Studies, currently working at Berkeley Law School.

Viktoriya was born in Minsk, Belarus, and immigrated to the US with her parents when she was just 8 months old. After graduating from high school, she applied to nine different colleges including UC Berkeley, but wasn’t accepted to any. Viktoriya did not give up. She completed her general education requirements at a community college and re-applied to the four best schools on her list, including UC Berkeley and Georgetown in Washington D.C. This time she was accepted to all four.

She enrolled in Berkeley. Scholarships, grants, and work helped her keep up with the intimidating annual tuition of $13,432. “Being a conservative and Pro-Israel at a campus known to be very liberal definitely made me stand out among the other students. I was invited to participate in a two-week advocacy trip to Israel with 35 other college students from around the nation. In the summer of 2014, I was accepted to UC Berkeley’s Cal-in-Sacramento fellowship program which allowed me to intern at the office of State Senator Mimi Walters. I got to work at the Capitol Building where I received amazing legislative experience and got to see how our state government runs from the behind the scenes.”



Lika Emelyanova

Russian Time Magazine Contributor

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