I declared my German Studies major shortly after transferring to William & Mary my sophomore year. Around the same time, I decided to pick up a second language, so I started taking Russian courses. I had a number of Russian friends growing up, and the language and culture had always interested me. I spent my junior year studying German linguistics in Münster, Germany. It was an exciting time; hanging out with a mix of Germans, Russians, Latvians, and Brazilians gave me ample opportunity to work on my language skills. Returning to William & Mary for my senior year, I finished my German major while deepening my interest in Russian. Next year I’ll be moving to the Moscow suburb of Dolgoprudny to teach English. I’ve very much enjoyed my time with both the German and Russian departments, and I’m excited to see where the language skills I’ve fostered at William & Mary will take me.