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Stanislav Freydlin ’07 truly believes in the American dream of achieving success through hard work.

The 22-year-old Russian immigrant is living that dream.

At 14, he came to the United States from Moscow with his parents, who wanted a fresh start in a new country.

They settled in New York City, then moved to Northeast Philadelphia to be closer to relatives in Bucks County.

But after about a year, Freydlin’s mother was homesick for Russia and his father still struggled to learn English. They returned to their homeland, but young Stanislav decided to stay.

“I really wanted to stay here because I wanted to see what life has to offer,” says Freydlin. “I saw
a lot of success stories from people who emigrated
before me.”

He studied biochemistry at Albright, and for two years worked about 27 hours a week as a phlebotomist at St. Joseph Medical Center, drawing
blood from patients and testing it in a lab.

Freydlin’s training in that field should help in achieving his goal of becoming a physician’s

“I wanted to interact with patients,” he says. “I wanted to help patients, and they are able to see that I am helping them.”

He worked at St. Joseph until early June, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in health sciences at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

When Freydlin’s parents returned to Moscow, the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Greater Philadelphia placed him in foster care.

Foster parents Farhad and Farideh Tehrani shared their home in Westtown, Chester County, with Freydlin for three years. The Tehranis understand the challenges of moving to another country because they came to the United States from Iran in 1976.

“He’s very much a part of the family and we love him,” Farideh Tehrani says. Freydlin eventually hopes to work in a location that’s underserved by medical professionals, so he can help others better themselves, just as he was helped.

“Being independent early on forces you to look at the world a little differently,” he says. “You have to find opportunities for yourself. And they are out there.”

Reprinted with permission of The Reading Eagle

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