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Student Stories from Russia

Megan Burnham - Russian Language in Volgograd

The everyday challenges were, at times, nerve wrecking. The challenges, however, were also what made each day so exciting. I may have struggled more than once just to tell my host family that no, I did not want three more servings of pilaf, but the realization that I really had nothing to lose by practicing my skills with a culture that is so open and hospitable to newcomers was oddly freeing.

 Andrew in Russia

Andrew Stone - Russian Language in Volgograd

My host family was an always helpful, patient and sympathetic resource, a comfort to talk with even in the midst of a particularly frustrating day.

 Kathryn in Russia

Kathryn Smart - Russian Language in Volgograd, Summer 2012

In America, superstitions exist, but many people do not worry about taking them seriously. Not many would spend seven years worrying about bad luck after breaking a mirror or walking under a ladder. However, superstitions and myths are taken very seriously in Russia. People’s everyday lives are shaped by superstitions, and these beliefs range everywhere from where it is appropriate for women to sit to making wishes and receiving luck.
 Kathryn spending her money wisely in Russia.

Kathryn Smart - Russian Language in Volgograd, Summer 2011

Being in Russia also forced me to use the language. If I wanted to eat, I had no choice but to speak Russian to the waitress because few knew English. Living with a host family in Volgograd helped me to observe the difference the way Russians live. Most Russians live in apartments, while most American's live in houses.


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