Alex Braslavsky

Bonjour! I’m a senior majoring in English Literature and concentrating in Russian Language and Culture. I spent the summer of 2015 as a Harriman Institute Fellow in Moscow, Russia studying at Moscow International University, where I took courses in literature, grammar, linguistics, film, terms of technology, and culture. I lived with my grandmother, whom I had not had the chance to get to know before (my parents immigrated from Russia in the 1990’s), so the experience was incredibly meaningful for me. I saw such an improvement in my Russian, and at the end of the program, as part of the program we had the opportunity to take a cruise along the gorgeous Volga River, visiting St. Petersburg, Yaroslavl, and Vladivostok. This past summer I was in Paris through Columbia’s Reid Hall program, where I took Accelerated Intermediate French I and II with Vincent Aurora. In Paris, I enjoyed strolling through the Marais, visiting the Louvre, interviewing Parisians about their lives in the Luxembourg Gardens, and seeing fireworks at the Eiffel Tower on Bastille Day. Both times that I studied abroad were eye-opening and made me more conscious of what it means to be a citizen of the world. Learning languages abroad also helped me develop newfound confidence in myself, for which I am deeply grateful. If you have questions about what it’s like to study in Russia or France, about fellowship opportunities, what a home-stay is like, or anything else, please feel free to reach out! You can reach me at: ab3895@columbia.edu.