Maybe you have dreamed of reading Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment" in its original language and then scrolling down Nevsky Prospekt, exploring the same streets Raskolnikov frequented. Or perhaps you want to visit Moscow to see for yourself what makes this city the heart and soul of Russia.

Maybe the alluring Trans-Siberian Railway beckons you. Or maybe you are a descendant of Russian immigrants who would like to trace your family history. You might even be an aspiring musician who loves Russian classical music and wants to appreciate Tchaikovsky's operas in their original language. Or you could be motivated by business — your company is opening a branch in Russia, and you will have to travel there frequently to work with new colleagues. 

Whatever the reason, learning Russian is a decision you won't regret. In fact, mastering this language will bring about a sense of accomplishment and pride. As you begin to unravel the intricacies of the Russian language, you will learn how Russians perceive themselves and the world around them.

Furthermore, Russian is among the least commonly taught languages in the United States, making this course of study a great choice if you are looking for a road less traveled. If you need to fill a prerequisite for your history major, or you want to diversify your philosophy or literature studies, Russian could be the right fit.

Congratulate yourself on your adventurous spirit and prepare to embark on a new and exciting journey in Russian!