After joining the Air Force ROTC program, I was taking both Russian and Arabic and planning to major in linguistics. However, my Russian began to overpower my Arabic and I decided to specialize in Russian, wanting to become a subject matter expert on all things Russian. I was awarded a full-scholarship for the language, allowing me to enjoy the peace of mind of having a guaranteed job as an Air Force Officer. I have spent the past two summers in Kiev, Ukraine, and Moscow, Russia, and thoroughly enjoyed both countries and cultures and cemented my drive to major in Russian. The Russian Flagship Program has vastly improved my speaking abilities, which helped me a lot while studying abroad. I have also found that many of the cultural subjects, movies, and news stories we have covered come in handy when having conversations with Russians. I have been waiting to read many of the prominent Russian literary works until I am able to read them easily in Russian and fully enjoy them. I think any career involving Russian will be an exciting one.