The 100 / #21: Liliya Polyakova

#21 Liliya Polyakova Student Moscow, Russian Federation

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About Liliya

Tell us a little about yourself:
My name is Liliya and I live in Moscow. I study applied mathematics and this year in my university is my last and perhaps the hardest one. I know English and German and that certainly won’t be the last foreign languages I learn. I have great plans!
I love to occupy myself with lots of different things. I’m just happy with learning something new and getting better step by step in everything I start. I have a huge “must do” list where such things as riding a hang-glider and reading “The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls” in Princeton library stand nearby.
Because of that my life is always very busy, I try to fit as many things in it as I can. If I have no free time that means I can be proud of myself.
I am an infatuated reader and spend every chance I have to read. Mostly it means reading in subway, while moving from one point of my timetable to another. Oh, well…
I love sports, drawing, taking photos, watching good films, listening to great music, spending time with my family and friends. I love creating and try to “make good art” as good as I can. “Make good art” by Neil Gaiman being a motto of my life
I love life in general. It’s just wonderful.

What one thing are you most proud of in your years so far?
Making each day of my life interesting and worth to remember.

What one thing do you hope to have achieved by the age of 100?
I hope to finish my current “must do” list and write a new one. And better repeat this several times.

What one thing have you seen in your lifetime which has changed the world the most significantly?
The Internet, since it brought the whole new type of communication to our society. People talk a lot about the bad consequences so I’d better concentrate on the good ones. One of my best friends lives in Saint-Petersburg and without the internet I didn’t have a chance to meet her.
Or when a bunch of people you never knew before helps you to find a home for a bunch of abandoned kittens you found on the roadside… And you feel a strength to move mountains, cause all those people do care.

What piece of advice would you give to your 10 year old self?
I think she is coping pretty good even without my help, so perhaps “That’s great, keep going!”

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