Successful Graduates

Russian Studies majors pursue a wide range of careers. Some go on to graduate school, ultimately to teach at the university or secondary school level, others go to law school or study library science. Several have found work with not-for-profit organizations.

Katarina Greenslade ’16 completed a major in Russian Studies with honors. In 2016-17 Katie is volunteering in Denver, CO with the DOOR program and the Presbyterian Mission. After that, Katie plans to pursue an MA in Social Work at Ohio State University.

Katherine Tuttle ’15 completed a minor in Psychology in addition to the major in Russian Studies and is now working towards being a nurse practitioner.

Sarah Carracher ’15, who graduated with a degree in English as well as Russian Studies, lives in Wooster and works as a copy editor for The Daily Record. She plans on going back to school to get her Master's of Library and Information Science degree and hopes to visit Russia again someday.

Rachel Myers ’14 was awarded a Fulbright grant to teach English at a university in Russia. She worked as a teaching assistant at Udmurt State University in Izhevsk, Russia for the 2014-2015 academic year. When she returned to the U.S. she got a job at the American Bar Association working on legal education and reform projects in the Middle East and North Africa. She plans to go to law school and work with international organizations. She hopes to use her background in Russian language and culture in her legal career.

Zac Sessa ’14 went to Marine Corps Officer Candidates School, after which he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.  During the summer of 2015, he completed The Basic School, a 6-month war fighting school in Quantico, VA where him and other Marine Lieutenants participated in numerous field exercises and weapon ranges in order to become provisional rifle platoon leaders. He is currently at Naval Flight School to become a Marine Corps pilot and has been in the service for a little over a year.

Kellen Safreed ’13 moved to Russia after graduation to teach English and translate in St. Petersburg for a year. After this, he did a six-month internship at a translation firm in Boston, followed by a move back to Russia to teach again for six months. Currently, he is pursuing a master's/PhD in Slavic languages and literature at Harvard.

Arielle Neu '12 recently received a Fulbright fellowship to teach in southeastern Siberia. Follow Arielle on her blog: Part of That World: an ETA in Ulan-Ude.

Jesse Menefee '04 (double major with English) was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship for a year's study of Russian literature in St. Petersburg before pursuing and completing a Ph.D. in that field at Princeton in 2011 entitled “Twisted Mirrors and Merged Polarities in Russia’s Decadent Imagination.”