Michael Anderson, Class of 2017


1.Why did you choose Russian culture as your major?
I majored in Slavic Languages and Literatures because I loved the subject matter and the members of the Department. Specifically, I was drawn to 18th and 19th century Russian literature and history, and had very positive classroom experiences and interactions with professors and other students. I also appreciated the flexibility of my professors and of the departmental requirements, which allowed me to continue taking classes outside of my major throughout my junior and senior years. 
2.What is your most vivid memory of your college years?
The people. I made some lifelong friends during college and loved the collegiality of the Department, where you would often find yourself taking the same classes as other students sharing your passion for Russian literature and culture. 
3.Which literary work (or any work of art) would you recommend to a newcomer who is interested in Russia, as a key to Russian culture?
I would recommend reading anything by Pushkin! I think a lot of people know about Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, but reading Pushkin in a pre-1860 Russian literature class is ultimately what drove me to becoming a Russian major. 
4.What career path did you choose, and why?
I worked in the business world for four years after graduation, and have just started law school. I have appreciated the opportunity to explore different career paths to see what my likes and dislikes are, and I anticipate more career changes down the road. 
5.What are you working on now?
I am a first-year law student at Columbia Law School and my plan as of now is to work in corporate law after finishing school.
6.Are there any thoughts that you'd like to add?
Majoring in Slavic Languages and Literatures was one of the best decisions I made while at Princeton. It was such a joy to genuinely love my classes and there are lots of benefits to choosing a less common major, such as the individual attention you will receive from your professors and research advisors. I would also highly recommend the Princeton in St. Petersburg program, which was an incredible experience to live and study in one of the world’s most interesting cities!