Russian Beyond the Classroom

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A letter from the former student of Russian, Brandon Coleman.

I graduated in May of 2013 and not a day has passed that I haven't reflected upon my college experience and how it has shaped me into the person I am today. As a student, suffering through the constant barrage of essays, translations and chapters of Russian literature, every day that comes to a close is another glorious step towards the ever distant goal of earning your degree. Being a member of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, you quite literally have the world at your fingertips. My study abroad experience in Kiev, Ukraine provided me with the opportunity to take my language skills to a foreign country in order to immerse myself in the culture that I have grown to know and love. No matter where I go, I always seem to cross paths with a Russian speaker or an individual that has ties with the Russian culture. Being able to find common ground with a complete stranger and instantly develop a relationship is a feat that only a small percentage of the world can claim. After my time in the military, I plan to continue my studies in the Russian language and I have to thank the SLLC, The Language House and the outstanding Russian faculty for providing me with an everlasting foundation of language skills and cultural awareness that will stick with me for the rest of my career. 

Brandon Coleman, '13