My junior I.S. was a study of Russian Nationalism leading up to and during the Crimean war. In my senior I.S. I am looking at the current reforms and changes aimed at modernizing the Russian Federation's armed forces and their affect on the future Russian military. I was born and raised on the east bay of San Francisco and I love movies. I probably could have chosen to study film theory as easily as history and Russian. I studied in Vladimir, Russia, for my fall semester of junior year and I was fortunate enough to be able to visit other important cities like Moscow, St. Petersburg, Volgograd, and Ulyanovsk.