When Daria Herasymova was a high school sophomore, she left Dripro, Ukraine, as a foreign- exchange student to spend her junior year 5,575 miles away at Oxford High School.
She had been selected as a finalist for the Future Leaders Exchange Program administered by the U.S. Department of State, but little did she know this would lead her to find her "second family" and college.
Carol and Robert Dorsey were Daria's host parents during her time at OHS. Bob Dorsey is a former economics professor at the University of Mississippi, and he was one of the four founders of the financial services startup FNC Inc. in 1996. FNC was acquired by Core Logic in 2015.
After her high school year in Oxford, Daria returned to Ukraine, finished high school and enrolled at Oles Honchar Dnipro National University. However, she kept in contact with her host parents, and they were supportive and encouraged her to attend UM.
Daria will graduate from Ole Miss in May with dual degrees in economics and finance. She is also double minoring in management information systems and German.