I have really valued my time in the Russian Department at William & Mary. After a great experience studying abroad in Russia in high school, I was so excited for the opportunity to continue studying the language in college. As an International Relations major with a minor in Russian, W&M has afforded me such great opportunities to better understand the language, culture, history, and politics of Russia and the Post-Soviet sphere. With W&M’s study abroad program in St. Petersburg, I gained invaluable insight into the history and language, which has since led me to other internationally focused opportunities. Thanks to my studies here and abroad, I have interned with the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in Washington, D.C., and with the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn, Estonia. After graduation, I look forward to further expanding my Russian studies as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan.