My time in the Russian department at William and Mary has been fun and rewarding. I’ve enjoyed improving my Russian both in class and in the St. Petersburg study abroad program. More than an academic program, the Russian department has been a welcoming community. From guest lectures to Maslenitsa at the Russian house, it is always fun to see both students and professors outside of class. Studying Russian has always inspired me to learn more, and pushed me out of my comfort zone to and into many rewarding experiences. Next year I’ll be following in the footsteps of recent graduate Rianna Jansen and teaching English at the International Education Centre in Moscow. I never could have done it without the support and inspiration of the Russian department. Спасибо вам огромное!