Prospective Students

Marisa Gallicchio 2

Graduation Year: 2017

Major: Russian

Minor: Linguistics


How did you decide on your major?

I originally transferred into Rutgers as a Microbiology and Genetics major.  One day, I was sitting in one of my Microbiology classes and I came to the realization that while I love science (and will always enjoy learning more about it), it is not my true passion.  Between a long dance career alongside Russian dancers and a parent that speaks Russian, I have had a lot of exposure to the Russian language and culture during my life.  After taking classes in the Russian Department, I discovered that continuing with learning about this beautiful language is what I want to do in the future.

What is it about your chosen field (and the department) that appeals to you?

One of my favorite parts of being in this field, especially at Rutgers, is the department.  All the professors, even ones that I have not class with, have been incredibly helpful. The support that I have received has been very important in the process of narrowing down the path I want to take.   I am really interested in the linguistic side of the Russian language, and I am looking forward to continuing my studies in that area.

Do you have a favorite class/professor within your major?

All the classes I have taken within the Russian major have been interesting, but I would have to say that the language courses are my favorite.  I love learning about how the language works and the cultural aspects of Russian.  Almost all of my language courses have been with Professor Anderson.  She is an incredible educator who puts 110% effort into her classes; she takes the time to get to know her students, and does everything she can to help them succeed.  She is one of my biggest inspirations for switching my major.

What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?

I enjoy the events, seminars, and guest speakers that Rutgers holds throughout the year.  I like that I am able to keep in touch with the science world, even though I am no longer studying it.  It also allows me to learn about other fields of study at Rutgers that I otherwise would not experience.

What are your other Rutgers activities?

When I am not studying, I like dancing with the Rutgers Performing Dance Company.  It allows me to continue one of my favorite activities while also handling my busy school schedule.

What are your plans following graduation?

After graduation, I hope to teach English abroad for a few years.  After that, I want to go to graduate school. Ultimately, I would love to do research in the linguistic side of the Russian field, and possibly become a professor.

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