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January 2023 Featured FLAS Fellows: Bailee Wolfe and Yasha Shatalov

February 2, 2023

January 2023 Featured FLAS Fellows: Bailee Wolfe and Yasha Shatalov

Portraits of Bailee Wolfe (left) and Yasha Shatalov (right).

Bailee Wolfe

2022-2023 Undergraduate FLAS Fellow for Russian

Why did you choose to study this language?

In my second year of high school I saw Russian writing on a figure skating program that I was watching, and I was fascinated by the way that the letters looked. I chose to self-study the Russian alphabet that year, and when I transferred to the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, I was thrilled to find out that they offered Russian courses. From that point I fell in love with the language and culture, mostly due to my teacher’s enthusiasm and commitment to fostering a positive language learning environment. This experience motivated me to continue studying Russian at Ohio State.

What are your future career plans?

Currently, I am planning to apply for graduate school in the next year. I also hope to combine my interests in science and technology with my Russian skills to do technical translation work.

Yasha Shatalov

2022-2023 Graduate FLAS Fellow for Russian

Why did you choose to study this language?

I have Russian heritage and have always been interested in the region. Studying the language enables me to connect with my heritage and improve my knowledge of the region.

What are your future career plans? 

I am planning on beginning a career in the private sector after graduation. 

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