My First Month in Saint Petersburg

When I decided to come to Saint Petersburg to study abroad, I didn’t know what to expect. I hoped, of course, that I would have a great semester and that my language speaking abilities would improve. However, I wanted to avoid setting unrealistic expectations, and having them disappointed. I decided to make myself a few …

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First Impression in Moscow, Russia

My first impressions of Moscow during my first month here have been overwhelmingly positive. There are many aspects of this city and culture that I enjoy when comparing with the American culture that I am familiar with. I might not be able to go into depth on all of them, but I will mention a …

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Learning from My Host Family in Almaty

I have only been in Kazakhstan for three weeks, yet I feel like I have already learned a semester’s worth of knowledge. I have traveled to other countries before on vacation and have felt out of place, but never before in the state of culture shock and later cultural euphoria as I have in Almaty. …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Kate Crnkovich

Kate Crnkovich talks about accessing Russian culture through music while living abroad on the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program in Moscow as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient.   All my life I have loved accordion music, though I never thought I would finally be able to explore that during my summer …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Dante Moreno

Dante Moreno reflects on the rewards of living with a host family while abroad on the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program in Moscow as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient.   Even though I spent only eight short weeks with my Russian “family” in Moscow, I was warmly welcomed into the daily …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Makenzie Lucas

Makenzie Lucas discusses facing stereotypes head on and opening her mind the while living abroad on the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program in Moscow as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient.   Why do we believe in some stereotypes more than others? Why do we never question their origins but hold true …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Eva Kuras

Eva Kuras reflects on the beating the summer heat while living abroad on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe, Tajikistan as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient. The first week was the hardest. The heat was intense: dry but still sweltering. I worried that my jean skirt was too short, although it almost hit …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Jon Koele

Jon Koele  discusses the valuable life lessons learned while living abroad on the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program in Moscow as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient.   When I first decided that I was going to study abroad in Russia, most of my friends and family looked at me with surprised …

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Pastrami Sandwiches and the President of Kazakhstan

My order was a “pastrami Santa-Monica” from City Brisket for 1200 Kazakh tenge. I have no idea what these words mean, nor the amount of dollars spent on this culinary oddity. This sense of confusion arises often in Kazakhstan, particularly when an English speaker encounters unyielding translations at restaurants and cafes. Nevertheless, an odd sense …

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Enjoy your Journey

To my readers, Hello! My name is Mikhala and my Chinese name is 季明娜 (jìmíngnà). Fear can come in a lot of shapes and a lot of sizes. It can disappear when you least expect it to, but also appear when you aren’t looking. This is my second time coming to the same exact destination, …

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