weekend at west point

from top-to-bottom, left-to-right: three first-year Russian language students at Union College with one of our wonderful professors of Russian at Union, Kristin Bidoshi, our TA, Elena Reznikova, myself, and my dear friend and fellow second-year Russian language student, Sabeha; the view from our hotel for Friday night; me and Sabi taking some glamour shots; the Russian poem that I had to memorize for the competition; our consolation prize -- a book about planets in Russian!

This weekend I, two Union professors of Russian language, our Russian TA, and four of my fellow Russian language students at Union College traveled to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to compete in this year’s New York State Russian Olympiada. We had three first-year Russian language students competing at the beginners’ level and two students (including yours truly!) competing at the intermediate level. The competition was extra tough this year and while Union students did not take home any of the top prizes, I am still extremely proud of our Russian program and its wonderful students. I have watched our program flourish during the two short years that I have been here and I cannot wait to see where it is headed! On top of all of the awesome Russian events we already throw (see some great examples herehereherehereherehereherehereherehere, and here), we are in the midst of planning Union’s first ever term abroad to Irkutsk, Siberia for next Spring! My involvement with the Russian language program here is one of my most favorite things I do at Union and it’s future is looking очень хорошо (very good!)!!!

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My name is Catherine Elizabeth Ziac (Cat, for short) and I am a senior at Union College in Schenectady, NY. When I'm not studying for my major in economics or my minor in Russian, you can find me skimming through catalogs, playing the flute, fishing, online window shopping, chatting with my sisters (my twin, Julia, studying physics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA, or my little sister Maddy, currently a senior in high school), or out and about in good old Schenectady with my wonderful Union friends! I love pink nails, long showers, office supplies, and going to the public library. I spend too much time looking at blogs and skimming the WSJ online, but I still believe in the merits of a hand-written letter. I am always in the mood for yogurt and granola and am never without a piece of gum. I usually answer "blue" when asked my favorite color, but I know in my heart that it's always been and always will be garnet!

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