Stu McLaughlin (shown here in Astana, Kazakhstan with Moldir Kulamkadyr, a 2016 year Penn State graduate) is a senior at Penn State with a major in Russian and minors in Spanish and Arabic. His linguistic interests led him to begin studying Russian in addition to his Spanish and Arabic classes. After a year spent studying Russian at Penn State, Stu spent the summer of his sophomore year enrolled in advanced language courses in Saint Petersburg; his study was supported by the 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. In 2016 Stu received another FLAS fellowship and spent the summer at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, studying Russian, Kazakh, and translation theory. This fall, Stu will be continuing his studies at Penn State and begin adapting his linguistic skills towards a career in professional translation and interpretation.