Stereotypes are Meant to be Broken

When people heard that I was going to Russia, most had something to say about it. Stereotypes are thrown around like fishing nets, they trap anyone who hears them and unless you go experience it for yourself, you don’t have anything else to believe. My observations are based off my experience in Moscow, which doesn’t …

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Confronting Expectations

While I have only been in Russia for two weeks, I already feel like I have been living here for months. My Russian has already improved, but, more importantly, my understanding of modern Russian culture has drastically changed. My experience with my host family has given me the opportunity to directly and indirectly ask questions …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Kristian Moravec

Kristian Moravec reflects on her summer on the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program in Moscow as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and her experiences. I was always told that world travel for many Americans comes with the advantage of malleability to other types of people and cultures. That is, if many of us …

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Muscovites

We all make an over-generalization about certain people groups, whether we admit it or not. Think about the mental picture you get and the qualities you associate with the words millennial, hipster or say Russian. Those images projected in your mind are probably stereotypes which you also formed from past experiences and stories you’ve heard. …

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Seeing the Warmer Side of Russia

Like many students who decide to study Russian, I fell in love with the country’s literature before I began studying the language. The prospect of developing the skills to read that literature in its original format can be a great motivator. However, the pantheon of great Russian writers can also have a chilling effect for …

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My Petersburg Attraction

It’s difficult to explain why I love Saint Petersburg despite its adversarial, antagonistic nature. This trip marks my second time in Russia, and I have plenty of incidents I can point to that would undoubtedly color many’s perception of the city. During my first time here, two years ago, I slipped and fell on icy …

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Winter, Colds, and Healing

Moscow in winter is quite an interesting place to live. Russians have lived in Moscow for centuries, so one would think that Russians would love, or at least tolerate, the cold. From my experience, the reality is quite the opposite; Russians passionately hate the cold. Of course, this is a broad generalization. I think they …

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