Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Elena Malkov

At Tel Hazor, I excavated an Iron Age Biblical-era site with a team of volunteers and professional archaeologists.Activities? I’m the News Editor for the Wheaton Wire, as well as a member of the Roosevelt Institute and the Creative Writing Workshop. I’m also a Research Assistant for Professor Polanichka.

Why Wheaton?
Besides the beautiful campus and intellectually stimulating classes, I love the people I have met at Wheaton. Students here are passionate and eager to change the world, starting with their immediate community.

Favorite class? My favorite class so far at Wheaton has been 18th Century British Literature with Professor Byrne. It completely revolutionized my way of reading and thinking about literature.

Russian: I was born in Russia and moved to America when I was 8 years old. I have never been back, but I am fluent in the language.

My dig: This summer, I spent three weeks at an archaeological dig in Israel. At Tel Hazor, I excavated an Iron Age Biblical-era site with a team of volunteers and professional archaeologists. Besides digging, the volunteers also helped wash pottery that they found and were taught how to “read pottery” – be able to look at a fragment and identify the kind of vessel it came from. After the excavations, I went to Jerusalem for a week and stayed at the Petra Hostel, the same one Mark Twain stayed at when he came to Israel!

Favorite quote: “Deserve your dream.” – Octavio Paz

Dinner with: I think I would really like to have dinner with Che Guevara. I would love to ask him about what drove him to do the things he did, and whether he believed he had made an important contribution to his society. I would also like to meet Ernest Hemingway, my favorite writer, and listen to some of the stories from his life.