❍ Year of graduation: 1985
❍ Field of current or former occupation: Medicine
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?
Dominic Ferro: I am a psychiatrist, practicing general, adolescent and forensic psychiatry in Rockland, NY, a suburb of NYC. I completed my residency in psychiatry in 1995.
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?
Dominic Ferro: Certainly the Russian masters were introspective, and some were touched by a bit of madness and were no strangers to emotional suffering, but I cannot say that my Russian studies have directly impacted on my career.
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.
Dominic Ferro: Hmmm. It was the 80’s. Russian seemed like an important language to understand. I believe that it still is. For me, the literature was what I valued most. I am often reminded of stories and images in my work and in my personal life.
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