Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Alumna, immigration lawyer teaches international students about post-graduation options

Olya Chervatyuk Antle ’08 is an immigration attorney who knows well how to relate to her clients. She grew up in the Ukraine before coming to the United States for high school, college, and now her career. “I really enjoy helping people establish their lives here,” she said.

Olya Chervatyuk Antle ’08 speaks to international students at Randolph
College about visa options to help them plan for work after they graduate.
Antle visited Randolph on Monday to talk with international students at her alma mater about their options for working and studying in the United States after they graduate from Randolph. The College invites an immigration lawyer to speak on that topic every year, but Antle volunteered to give the presentation this year in hopes that she could help students who are in a position she once occupied.

“I wanted to come because I think students will have an easier time relating to me,” said Antle. “They might find me more approachable because I am an alumna, and I was an international student.”

Antle came to the United States as an exchange student during her last three years of high school. She chose Randolph because of its strong community with many students from foreign countries and because of the small class sizes. Also, it allowed her to combine two of her passions by majoring in economics and music.

After her junior year of college, Antle interned in the office of Gardner & Mendoza, an immigration law firm in Virginia Beach. She found that she really enjoyed that work, so she later studied law at the New England School of Law. She now works for Gardner & Mendoza. She said that immigration law allows her to use her strengths, including her personal experience as an immigrant and her ability to speak Ukrainian, Russian, English, and Spanish.

Antle said the education she received on this campus laid the foundation for her success in graduate school and her career because it strengthened her independence and critical thinking skills. She also made friends from many foreign countries, helping her learn about more cultures. “This school really helps you become an individual thinker,” she said. “You meet the world here.”