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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Crossing My Eyes and Dotting My Тыs

The population of St. Petersburg is only one million less than my entire state. I grew up across the street from a cornfield, and if I wanted to get anywhere I would either drive or spend most of my morning walking. I am grateful that in my lifetime I have had the privilege of seeing …

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The Added Benefit of Learning a Foreign Language

There are a lot of things you expect from studying a foreign language and going overseas to be immersed in said language, like funny stories from misunderstandings and an increase in the command over that language. Those things I expected, but there was one side effect of studying a second language I didn’t expect—an increase …

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Balancing My Life Abroad

Since the moment I arrived in Saint Petersburg, Russia, I have wanted to share so much of the culture and interesting things I learn about the country with my friends and family in the United States. Anytime something particularly remarkable, unexpected, or even just different happens, my reaction at first was to tell the people …

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My Experience on the Summer Teachers Program in St. Petersburg, Russia

The trip started on June 28, 2019 from the American Councils offices in DC. Each part of the Summer Teachers Program was planned and organised perfectly by American Councils. All participants of the program were teachers, so why did we need a language and culture program? To refresh our language skills, to be in real …

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