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Biotechnology, Russian minor
Chicago IL

I'm going to Russia!

Sarah Alef on Monday, 14 January 2008. Posted in Study Abroad

The last two weeks have been a whirlwind, although I can't say whether it's due to the amount of Nyquil and orange juice I've consumed in the last four days or to the amount of work I've been assigned. I feel like I've been playing catch up since I got back from break.  Definitely picked a bad time to get sick.  Not that any time is really good. 

In other news, I finally heard from the SUNY Brockport Study Abroad office, and my Russia trip is a go.  I just need to actually sit down and fill out the paperwork.  I've been studying Russian for five years now, but I've never been to the country.  RIT Study Abroad doesn't currently offer any programs to Russia, but they do accept credit from the SUNY programs as transfer credit.  I don't actually need the extra credits, but I've wanted the experience for a long time. I will be studying in the city of Novgorud, which is one of the oldest cities in Russia, for six weeks.  Included in the experience is a 4 day trip to St. Petersburg, for which I'm so excited!  I've already decided that when I come back, I'm bringing back a Russian fur hat.   It'll be perfect for the Rochester/Chicago winters :-)

Additional exciting news:  Pablo Francisco is coming to RIT on January 25th, and I'm totally excited.  Now I need to actually go buy my ticket so I can be more excited!  I've been watching Pablo since I was in high school, and his Comedy Central skit cracks me up every time I see it.  (And I've seen it a lot)  Best recommendation I can give you for the winter quarter:  go to see Pablo.  And an RIT hockey game.  Both will have you either on your feet or in the aisles!

Comments (3)

  • Guest User

    Guest User

    07 February 2008 at 18:59 |
    where are u from?
  • Sarah J

    Sarah J

    13 February 2008 at 17:36 |
    I'm originally from a small town west of Chicago; check out my profile for a better idea where.
  • Annette

    Annette

    15 February 2008 at 04:37 |
    Enjoy your trip! I have been to Russia --the Far East twice, but it was a long time ago --in 1980 & 1983. We flew to Khabarosk and then to Magadan. We spent six weeks each time north and east of Magadan (on the Kolyma River and as far east as Markovo on the Anadyr River). If you can, take the Siberia Railroad to Khabarosk. The Russian people are wonderful hosts. Take lots of inexpensive, small gifts. We found that little, solar powered calculators were popular, but things might have changed. Nice lapel pins, photo books, even children's books, are options. Not clothes --too bulky and how can you predict sizes? Watch the drinking (alcohol). We found that it is easier to claim that we did not drink, than trying to stop drinking in the middle of a party. The fruit juices (sok) and lemonade are good. Again enjoy!

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