“In a time of renewed geopolitical tensions, it’s as important as ever to be conscious of the ways that differing perspectives are informed by historical experience and cultural values. There is no better way to build that awareness than through the sustained study of another language and its contexts.”
“…it wasn’t until I arrived at Bowdoin that I had the opportunity to really sink my teeth into Russian; or rather, for the Russian bear to sink its teeth into me.”
My biggest piece of advice to those interested in studying Russian is to stick with it and keep an open mind. Your path in Russian does not put you on any one pre-determined career field. The Russian Department does an excellent job at giving you the chance to explore your interests and thus your career.
“I began studying Russian at Bowdoin College in 2005, and that decision changed the entire trajectory of my life.”
My experience as an area studies major allowed me to live abroad with a greater understanding and appreciation for the sociocultural space I was inhabiting and tourist sites I visited.
I can’t speak completely to how Russian has influenced my life after college because it has in fact shaped it; the person I am now was partially made in my two years in Moscow…
Without the continued support and substantial guidance I received from my professors and colleagues within Bowdoin’s Russian department, and the rigorous curriculum it offered, I am certain I would never have been able to secure such a valuable and life-changing experience abroad.
Studying Russian at Bowdoin remains one of the most enjoyable and rewarding learning experiences I’ve had.
There’s little limit on how much Russian you can learn, or how far you can develop your interest in any particular direction.
I find it so hard to generalize my life in Russia. I remember falling in love with the countryside.