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Single mom involved on and off campus

A single mother of a 4½-year-old daughter, Casey VanKuren juggles responsibilities as a Discovery Adviser, founder of the Binghamton Gaming Group, SOS Children’s Shelter volunteer and mentor to a sixth-grader. This fall, add tour guide duties and an elementary school internship. Casey VanKuren, junior, double major in English and human development
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Scholarship in kazan, Critical Language Scholarship Program

I spent eight weeks during summer 2011 in Kazan on the Critical Language Scholarship Program.  We spent twenty hours in class every week with courses on Grammar, Phonetics, Literature, Speech Practice, and Russian Press & Media.  Our program also included a four-day cruise on the Volga River, a trip to a banya in the Republic of Mari El, a trip to Elabyga and Sviyazhsk, and various shorter trips to see ballets and a variety of museums, including Lenin's house and Maria Tsvetaeva's home and grave.  While in Kazan I lived with a family in their apartment.

This was my best experience in Russia so far, I really made a lot of Russian friends.  This is a very academically challenging program, so be prepared to spend a lot of time on homework!


Christine Hubbard, '12

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Last Updated: 8/27/12