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Evelyn Hsu Ehrlich

AB, Slavic Languages and Literatures

 

Present Occupation: Attorney, Mergers & Acquisitions
 
Present Location: Bay Area
 
Stanford Activities: Stanford Russian Club, President; Slavianksii Dom, Resident Assistant
 
Travel Abroad: 
“I finally visited Russia after graduation from law school in 2003 and met my long-term Russian pen pal (we'd been writing to each other since 1997) and his wife and baby in St. Petersburg. It was wonderful to see the country I had spent 3 years learning about, and it made me miss my Russian studies! If I could do it all over again, I would have taken the chance to study overseas with Stanford in Moscow. Even now, if I weren't married and tied to the Bay Area, I would want to move to St. Petersburg for a year!”
 
Why I studied Russian: 
“The language, literature and culture are so different from our American lives and thus fascinating. It truly changed my view of the world to learn about another culture, its history and the spirit of another country. Additionally, the faculty and TAs were so warm and personal. Besides being brilliant scholars, they really cared about each of their students. It was nice to be well known and to feel special, rather than being lost in a vast crowd of Econ majors. Studying in the Slavic department was very fulfilling intellectually, and I sometimes wish I could go back to get my PhD in our department.”
 
Russian in my life now: 
“I am sad to say that I've forgotten almost all of my Russian language due to lack of use, although I am sure that if I were dropped into the middle of St. Petersburg, I'd be able to survive. My bookshelf is still full of Russian literature, which I re-read from time to time. Sometimes I consider taking up Russian again, maybe buying myself some Pimsleur cds and re-learning the language, but I haven't yet found the time. Nevertheless, my ears perk up whenever the nightly news mentions "Putin" or "Russia," and I try to stay connected to Russia, if only through occasional e-mails to my penpal in St. Petersburg. I am so glad that I majored in Slavic Languages and Literatures (although more accurately, Russian literature), because although I don't use it on a day-to-day basis, it really influenced the way that I think and the way that I appreciate others' perspectives. Russian is still a big part of me today, even though no one would ever guess it, looking at me as the Taiwanese-American corporate lawyer that I am!”