A Summer in Novgorod, Russia
The only way to truly learn a language is to completely immerse yourself in the culture where it's spoken. This summer I went to Novgorod, Russia on a study abroad program hosted by SUNY Brockport, and had the adventure of a lifetime. I was able to take language, culture, and art classes while also completing an internship at a local orphanage. Not only did I learn Russian language in the classroom, but I was able to live with a host family who made it their mission to make me a part of their family and teach me all that they could.
The trip helped me academically but also allowed me to grow and mature as a person because of my unique internship. I enjoyed every day that I went to the orphanage, and the saddest day of my life was leaving there for the last time. My job was so much more than just playing with children --- it was about helping children to find hope in a desperate situation. I loved every minute of this trip, and would go back in a heartbeat.
Christine Hubbard, '12