Three major things happened between the time I first read Anastasia and my first day of college. First, I developed a passion for politics; second, I was accepted to my dream school during March of my final year in high school; and third, Dmitry Medvedev was elected third president of the Russian Federation.
My political awakening came in October 2007. A bunch of people on a group of blogs I used to read (ironically, I do not read a single one of those blogs today) started debating a Belgian political party. I researched the party in question and discovered an interest in politics, international relations, and that sort of thing. Previously, I had found politics boring. Once, at a party in high school, a small group of my friends and I lamented how our parents followed politics. We couldn’t understand why, since we all found it quite boring. When I told my mom about this later, she said, “Politics is life.” As usual, it turns out she was right. 🙂
I’ll skip to the third point next: while I was still in high school, Russia held a presidential election. Suddenly, I kept seeing tons of news articles about the president-to-be, Dmitry Medvedev. People wondered if he was more liberal than Putin, more flexible, more willing to work with the West. I was very interested in him, too. I read everything I could about him and once he was elected, I watched his inauguration. I was eager to see what this new president would be like and if all the esteemed analysts’ predictions would come true.
It was around this time that I took a look at the course catalog for my university. I saw there was an elementary Russian class offered. I knew I couldn’t register for anything yet, but I started to wonder. Maybe, just maybe, I would sign up for that Russian class and attempt to learn Russian.
(To be continued…)