Stuart McLaughlin

Stuart McLaughlin

FLAS Fellow

Class of 2017

Majors: Russian and Spanish


Biography:

Stu McLaughlin's linguistic interests led him to begin studying Russian in addition to his Spanish and Arabic classes. After a year of studying at Penn State, Stu spent the summer of his sophomore year enrolled in advanced language courses in Saint Petersburg with a FLAS fellowship. Since then he has been an active member of the Penn State Association of Students in Russian, as well as a teaching assistant for beginner to intermediate level Russian courses. His aspirations for an international career in translation include working as a professional interpreter for dignitaries and Foreign Service work in U.S. Embassies with a specialization in Eastern European and Central Eurasian language and culture. Thanks to his FLAS award, his enthusiasm for Russian language and culture has allowed him to pursue his interests within an irreplaceable worldview from Saint Petersburg, Nizhniy Novgorod and Moscow. After his first summer with FLAS, Stu spends his free time regularly chatting with and tutoring his friends from Saint Petersburg in English, as well as fellow students with whom he has developed international relationships from his time abroad. In Summer 2016, Stu  continued his studies with another FLAS fellowship for a Russian and Kazakh language program at Nazarbayev University, in Kazakhstan. His love for Russian and Kazakh language and culture provided strong motivation for him to make the most of his time in Astana.

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