Final Thoughts

Follow all Taylor's thoughts on her semester abroad in Moscow, Russia by checking out her previous blogs: Being Black In Russia, and A Little Sun-Kissed. ... As I sit here writing this blog post, I’m thinking about the ways in which my experience abroad has drastically influenced who I am. During 2019, I spent a …

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Highlights of my Semester in Russia: A Photo Blog

This post will contain a few of the many pictures I have taken in Moscow. It was difficult to pick just a few favorites! Early on in the semester we took a trip to visit Moscow State University, one of the top universities in Russia.  The university has a large campus with many buildings, but …

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Learning Public History in Russia

Studying abroad with American Councils provided me with the opportunity to undertake an internship at a Russian museum as part of my studies in Russia. At the museum I work as a volunteer in the office of the main curator of exhibitions, a department of the museum that coordinates many of the actions of the …

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A Little Sun-Kissed

I guess you can say that this is a continuation of my first blog, “Being Black in Russia” where I felt like like I was constantly being identified as the "outsider" and I learned  owning my blackness is the key to taking advantage of my opportunities here. There’s not going to be a clear connection between …

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Learning More Than A Language Through Food

Host family life provides innumerable benefits to a student trying to orient themselves in a new place and navigate interactions in a different system of social norms. However, the benefits of host family life extend beyond just helping you to settle in; in fact, four months in to host family life, I'm constantly amazed at …

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Special Moments in Russia

Weeks have passed in a blur. I distinctly remember debating fruit rankings with my coworkers, exploring breathtaking churches, travelling alone to St. Petersburg, and even celebrating my 21st birthday. Distinct moments such as these are only tiny capsules of memory frozen in time that, when added together, I’ve realized are wholly insufficient to describe the …

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Moshing in Moscow

Coming from Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., I have been lucky enough to experience two flourishing music scenes. While both cities have excellent medium to large music venues, what makes their scenes so great are their DIY venues. The venues, often located in basements and apartments, are hubs for local artists in their respective communities. I …

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The Suburbs of Moscow

I live with a host family in a six story "brezhnevki" apartment building that was constructed in the 1970s. As a historian, I am in love with my surroundings as my home is a veritable time capsule of Soviet life, complete with carpets in every imaginable orientation and the feverish canning of fresh vegetables for …

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