When I came to Bowdoin, I did not intend on becoming a Russian major. As a heritage speaker of Russian, I wanted to only take a few semesters of language courses to improve my speaking ability, and learn how to read and write. However, I was impressed with the breadth of courses the small department offered, and I realized that a Russian major would complement my interests in Government and History. As a sophomore, I decided to major in Russian. My concentration was in Russian Area Studies, and I thoroughly enjoyed all my classes. My language skills came in handy when I interned at a think tank my sophomore summer and later on when I was on the job hunt.
I did not study abroad while at Bowdoin, but being a Russian major has encouraged me to travel to Russian-speaking countries after graduation. As a senior, I wrote a comparative honors thesis in the Government department on the Soviet and American wars in Afghanistan. My knowledge of Russian undoubtedly helped me produce a capstone research project I can be proud of. I would strongly encourage anyone interested in Russian language, culture, politics, or economics to consider majoring