Before attending university, Eric was employed as an Outdoor Educator with several organizations throughout the United States. During this time, he became acquainted with many people from other countries who came to teach and improve their English. These friendships inspired his subsequent study at the university. In 2014, Eric graduated from The Ohio State University and majored in Globalization Studies and Russian. Following graduation, Eric received a Fulbright Grant and worked for a year at Tyumen State University in Russia. Eric is most interested in improving his Russian skills, studying new languages, and exploring the tension between globalization and area studies in the academic environment.