I am a senior Russian Studies and Anthropology double major. I have lived in the Russian Suite and worked as the Russian Department assistant for the past three years. As a junior, I studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia. My junior Independent Study (I.S.), entitled “Feminist or Reactionary?: The Importance of Russia’s Cultural History in Understanding Tolstaya’s Prose,” examines the role that the feminine plays in Russian culture throughout time, and why a knowledge of this history is essential to understanding the works of contemporary author Tatyana Tolstaya. Thanks to a generous grant from the Copeland Fund, I traveled to Brighton Beach, New York, to do research with the Russian immigrant population for my senior I.S. This year I am interning with the consulate in Bratislava, Slovakia, through United States Department of State, as well as writing my I.S., which is focused on images of women in contemporary Russian literature and how these change throughout the aging process.