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RUS 199: Russian Cultural Immersion
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Courtney Kay

Liberal Arts Major(s): Psychology
Minor: Hebrew, Middle Eastern Studies, Global Security
Hometown: Mount Kisco, New York

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part was getting to learn about a specific country and then going out to physically see what you learned. Not only did I learn before the program in class, but every experience while traveling was active learning. I loved being able to talk to Russian students. My favorite excursion was either the Armory, where we got to see all the artifacts of the old Tzars, or the Bolshoi Theatre, where we saw the ballet dancers and orchestras practicing. I also loved being a part of the holiday Maslenitsa, where we were able to partake in a cultural and traditional holiday in Russia. Seeing how any country celebrates holidays is a great way to learn about their culture, and being in the middle of it was awesome.

The best part was getting to learn about a specific country and then going out to physically see what you learned

How did this experience impact you academically?

I learned in-depth about a new country that I had never studied before. Comparing the culture and history of Russia to other countries and cultures that I study will help me examine the phenomena that I want to understand in multi-cultural psychology. I also got to advance my communication skills with international students and by breaking barriers such as language and cultural differences.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Because I want to work in an international organization and with a diverse group of people, it is important that I learn about all the different people I will be interacting with. It is important that I build up skills in order to have effective communication in an international setting. I also want to learn as much as I can about other countries and cultures in order to help with foreign affairs between other countries and the United States. Learning about Russia is imperative to national security and foreign relations in the United States, and I hope this course and travel will make me more marketable and also more desirable in the workforce because of the unique skills and experiences I gained.

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