Rachel Janis ’14 Senior Profile: Russian Studies

Janis.RWhen I first started studying at the College of William and Mary, I knew right away that I wanted to continue taking Russian, as I did in high school. Little did I know then that one language class would transform into a major and a lifestyle. Originally, I was dead set on majoring in chemistry, but after attending the William and Mary summer program in Petersburg, I had to change my mind. Using the language with native speakers and learning more about their culture merely made me want to do more.

As graduation approaches, and the ever-intimidating job market, I look back on that decision I made sophomore year and I still feel that the decision I made was the right one. I’ve applied for an English Teaching Assistantship with Fulbright for Latvia next year and I’m excited at the potential opportunity to use all the information I’ve learned through my major these past four years.

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