As this semester comes to a close, I am incredibly excited. In two weeks, I will board my flight to France, beginning a year of studying abroad. I will be in France until mid-June with the OU College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Scholars, studying primarily in Clermont-Ferrand. This will be a wonderful opportunity to improve my French and experience the Auvergne region. From there, I will go to Madrid, where I will be doing an intensive language program until late July. My goal is to get a C1 certification in Spanish after the program ends. I will then be back in the US for a few weeks in early August before flying to Russia. I will be spending the 2018-2019 academic year in Saint Petersburg taking Russian Language and Russian Studies courses. By the end of the year, I hope to be at a C1/C2 level of Russian.