KIEV -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told university students yesterday that finding one's ideal major in college or the perfect life's work is like falling in love.
Rice struck an easygoing, sometimes jocular tone with an audience of mostly English-speaking students at Shevchenko University in the Ukrainian capital. She told a story about going off to college intent on studying to be a concert pianist but finding herself seduced by the study of the Soviet Union.
''I don't have any Russian blood that I know of. I had never been to the Soviet Union at that time and yet I became very, very interested in it," Rice said. ''It's a little bit like love. You can't explain why it happens to you."
She advised the students, ''Find what it is you love. Find what it is you're just interested in because you're interested in it and you'll be better at doing it."
Asked by a female foreign language student about the special challenges of being a ''woman politician," Rice shrugged.
''Since I've never been anything else, it's a little hard to say. I don't know what it would be like to be a man in this position."