Risa Chubinsky (Moscow 2014)
Alumna Risa Chubinsky discusses her time abroad and how her scholarship helped her achieve her personal and academic goals.
Business Russian Language and Internship (BRLI) program participant Risa Chubinsky was recently awarded an Outbound Scholarship to finance her summer 2014 study abroad in Moscow. There, she worked with American Councils’ expert team of instructors and program staff to prepare her Russian language skills for use in an international development or government career. Risa also completed an independent research project on the Russian mental health care system. She applied her methodological training as an area studies graduate student at Georgetown University to conduct interviews in Russian with psychologists with the help of American Councils’ extensive in-country network.
At the same time, Risa connected with Russian peers and professionals with similar interests, and she says the opportunity to meet brilliant, caring, and enthusiastic Russians was the most meaningful part of her program.
“In today’s political climate, we are often reminded of the differences between Russians and Americans,” she commented. “After this program I realized that, despite large cultural and political differences, we are more alike in terms of our daily and long-term goals and aspirations than you would expect from reading the news.”
Now, Risa is inspired to continue researching the post-Soviet region and return to Moscow as soon as possible!
Risa’s Outbound Scholarship would not have been possible without generous donations from staff, program alumni, and private supporters. The Outbound Scholarships are part of the American Councils Study Abroad Scholarship Fund, established to provide students with additional financial support for studying in Russia, Eurasia, and the Balkans.
However, each year, American Councils can only cover approximately 35 percent of applicants’ financial needs, meaning talented students must decline acceptance because they cannot afford the program. Help us support and grow the American Councils Study Abroad Scholarship Fund, which provides life-changing learning experiences in Eurasia and the Balkans to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students like Risa!