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Student Advisory Board

Jacob Summers

I am a sophomore double majoring in Slavic Languages and Literatures and International Studies. I had absolutely no background in anything pertaining to Russia or any Slavic country until I dropped Spanish my first week here and took Russian language on a whim. This eventually led to my decision to major in the Department with a high interest in all things pertaining to the language, literature, and political landscape. My favorite class would be Dostoevsky. In addition to being a Slavic SAB representative, I am the treasurer for Paracombatives Jujitsu and the anti-human trafficking organization, Fight for Freedom. I spend my free time climbing buildings and playing poker. I hope to work one day in the FBI on an anti-human trafficking task force. 

Sofia Babenkova

I am a junior majoring in Economics with a minor in Russian and Eastern European Studies. I was born in Russia and have been speaking it my whole life so when I got to Northwestern I thought it would be interesting to learn more about the culture through literature and various classes. My favorite class so far has been "Russian Culture in Revolution: From Lenin to Putin."  In addition to being a Slavic SAB rep, I am on Ski team, on the exec board of NU World Cup, and spend the rest of my hours working at Andy's. With any free time I have left, I obsessively binge watch any and all shows on Netflix. I hope to one day work for United Airlines as a price analyst.