Dickinson Russian scholars participate in a small and intimate program. Because of the small size of the department, students and professors develop close relationships and peers forge friendships through their shared experience of mastering a difficult language and being immersed in Russian culture. Outside of the classroom, students participate in exciting activities through the Russian Club, such as Revolution Reenactments and Easter Egg Painting. They also watch Russian films, eat meals with peers and faculty during weekly Russian Table gatherings, and take field trips to New York, Baltimore or Washington to attend Russian exhibits or eat at Russian restaurants. Many of our students live in the Russian Special Interest House, a cozy home-like dormitory where they can practice Russian with an exchange student from Moscow and cook borsch and bliny together.
Julia Isacson '19
Hi! Меня зовут Юля и я учусь на первом курсе в университете! Я учусь на русском факультете, и я учу русский язык 5 лет. I decided to study russian because of my love and involvement in classical ballet. I think that the russian culture and language is beautiful and I cant wait to study abroad in Moscow in two years! I dont know what I want to become yet when I grow up but I hope to use my russian language skills that I learned here at Dickinson!
Laura Celedon '19
всем привет! Меня зовут Лаура. мои родители родом из Колумбию, но я живу в Питтсбурге. I am an Italian and French double major, so you may be asking yourself why I am on this page. In my German high-school class, one of my teachers had been a Russian teacher for many years and created a Russian Club after not being able to bring Russian back into the curriculum. After learning the basics and the Cyrillic alphabet, I instantly fell in love with the language. I chose Russian, because it was a non-Romance language and knew that it would be fun, yet challenging. I have also always loved learning languages and had heard a lot about our Russian department, so I decided to give it a try. Ever since coming to Dickinson, I have taken Russian every semester and have been amazed by how supportive and welcoming the department faculty and students are. I have seen strides in my improvement in Russian and hope to study-abroad in a Russian-speaking country next summer to put all of my Russian to use.
Dana Damenova '19
I moved to the US from Kazakhstan when I was five years old, so I am a heritage speaker. I’ve always known the basics of verbal communication in Russian, but never formally learned the language. The department at Dickinson taught me sentence structure and grammar skills that have developed my understanding of Russian. I have also learned so much about the culture and history of Russia, as well as many other Post-Soviet countries. The department is pretty small and tight-knit, and I feel that the faculty truly cares that I get the most out of my experience.
William Irving '19
Привет! меня зовут Билли Ирвинг. I’m currently a sophomore here at Dickinson, and so far I’m loving the Russian Department. I took French all through High School, but when I placed into French 101 my sophomore year, I decided a needed a change. I know I made the right choice, because the small size of the department, and the nurturing faculty has made me feel right at home. What started as an attempt to complete the language requirement has blossomed into a possible double major with Earth Science. Next year I will most likely be studying abroad in Moscow, and I can’t wait.
Curtis Martin '19
My name is Curtis Martin and I am Russian major. The Russian department at Dickinson is great! I originally decided to study Russian in High School because my Fathers side of the family is from Russian and Slovakia. I quickly fell in love with the language and decided that I wanted to pursue it further in college. I am looking forward to studying abroad for my whole junior year!
Lilly Middleton '19
"When I came to Dickinson I wanted to try a new language and decided to choose Russian! I had always wanted to visit Russia, and I thought that learning the language may result in me going one day. It did! I studied abroad in Russia during the summer of 2017 and had a fantastic time exploring Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as interacting with Russian students and my host mom. My host mom and I still send each other letters and postcards! I am an Art History major and was able to intertwine the two disciplines while studying abroad. One of my favorite memories was visiting the Modern Art building at the Hermitage and seeing my favorite artist, Matisse!"
Annie Mothershead '20
Привет, меня зовут Аня! I knew I wanted to study Russian in college after the summer before my junior year of high school. I spent that summer living in Chisinau, Moldova on a foreign language scholarship called NSLI-Y. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and sends high school students overseas to learn critical needs languages in immersion settings. When applying to colleges, Russian was the main deciding factor I considered. I chose Dickinson for the well-known Russian department, the small classes, and the amazing study abroad programs it offers. I can tell the Russian department here will treat me well!
Haifeng Qiu '20
Всё привет! Меня завут Гарик. My English name is Harry. I come from China and I believe I am the first Chinese student to take Russian major in Dickinson. I first encountered Russian during middle school, when one of my best friend recommended the song <Давай за> to me. Thus, I take Russian as a shot in college, and I find I fall in love with it. I really enjoy studying in the small but strong Russian department, and I feel very welcomed in this family. I sincerely hope to see more international students (especially from China) to study Russia in the following years!
Natalia Tackett ‘20
My name is Natalia Tackett and I am a sophomore from Philadelphia, PA. I am an International Studies and Russian double major and I decided to take Russian for several reasons. The most important reason being that I was adopted from Moscow, Russia at a young age and have always held a deep connection to Russian. Studying the language has helped me pursue this connection. Secondly, I am member of the Blue Mountain Battalion Army ROTC program at Dickinson. Studying a strategic language like Russian can only improve my capabilities and opportunities as a future Army officer. I plan on studying in Moscow, Russia next fall to pursue my studies, and hope to have more opportunities to study Russian in that focused environment in the future.
Grace Ingle ‘20
My name is Grace, and I am a Middle Eastern Studies major with a Security Studies certificate. When I arrived at Dickinson, I knew I wanted to study Arabic, though I had considered pursuing Russian as well. I started studying Arabic freshman year, and I decided to take up Russian sophomore year. The small classes for both languages make every session very engaging. Furthermore, professors in the Russian Department provide opportunities for us to practice the language and learn about the culture beyond the classroom. I chose Russian as a compliment to my major and certificate with hopes of exploring connections between the Middle East and Russia throughout history, and I know I made the right choice! I am looking forward to studying abroad with Dickinson in Russia program later this year.
Nga Duong '20
Я студентка Дикинсона, Нга. Я родом из Вьетнама, но прожила очень долгоe время в России.
My name is Nga. I am from Vietnam and I grew up with Russian culture, so I am quite attached to it. It was hard for me to decide to study abroad in US, since I was afraid that I wouldn't have chance to speak Russian and mingle with folks that are into Russian culture. Fortunately, I found Dickinson College, which has great Russian Department and a lot of lovely people that share my passion for Russian.
Frances Staples '21
I grew up overseas for the majority of my life, so I’ve always had an interest in new languages and cultures. After the first day of “Russia and The West,” I switched into two more Russian classes and declared the major. I immediately fell in love with the language and the beauty of the culture. I am looking forward to studying in Moscow during my junior year!
Jack Ohlsen-Johnson '22
I decided to declare my Russian major early because I have always been interested in the Russian language and culture. Furthermore, given the great study abroad and employment opportunities that go along with being able to speak Russian professionally fluent, only helped reinforce this notion. I passionately enjoy learning languages, and saw Russian as a new challenge in that venture.