As I gave up on preparing for tomorrow's physics quiz, these two questions – which have been asked by Russians since eons ago – surfaced in my stream of consciousness. Perhaps it is the Russophile in me crying for more attention: after all, I forfeited my chance of getting a Russian minor, and instead chose to take a physics course, “Electronics," which would be useful in graduate studies. It is crazy to think about how a year has passed, since I landed in St. Petersburg shaking from excitement and the cold. It was -20F outside.
In general, spending a semester abroad is definitely worthwhile, and I won't bother to repeat the various reasons here again. But if you are planning to pursue a career in science (like me), and would like to combine science and...Read More