❍ Year of graduation: 2002
❍ Field of current or former occupation: Media
Question: What is your current occupation and where do you live? Please briefly describe your duties and responsibilities. How long have you been at this position?
Abigail Spindel: I am a freelance video editor and shooter, and I live in São Paulo, Brazil. I’ve been at it for about 10 years…
Question: Did studying Russian language and culture at Williams help you in your professional and personal development? If yes, then how were Russian Studies were useful to you? What opportunities and challenges did the Russian major open up for you both specific to your current occupation and more generally?
Abigail Spindel: Studying Russian was crucial to my professional and personal development. I studied in Moscow was also given a grant to do photography in St. Petersburg after school. I’m sure I would not have had the second opportunity without having studied at Williams. Studying abroad gave me perspective: you can’t really put a value on that!
Question: Please share your advice or recommendation about the Russian department at Williams to a prospective student who is considering taking courses or majoring in our program.
Abigail Spindel: Enjoy the attention of a small department, it’s very luxurious!
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