For three weeks we interacted with students, faculty, and everyday people in St. Petersburg, Russia—it was a life-changing experience. From lectures and classes at St. Petersburg State University, visiting breath-taking palaces and museums, and exploring the countryside and the life of the average person, the memories and lessons learned are forever with us. Their history is not one that is filled with happiness and there is much work in Russia’ s future. Overcoming the crippling social and environmental problems and building a middle class are major issues that Russia will face in the future, but with help and initiative Russia will overcome these and may regain its status as an international superpower.
Danielle Hughes, ’08 Thornton, CO
Majors: Environmental Studies, Russian
Nicholas Wondra, ’09 Centennial, CO
Majors: International Relations, Russian
Sponsor: Robert Givens