Jack Rooney | December 26, 2019
Before leaving for a Summer Language Abroad program in St. Petersburg, Russia, after her junior year, Kristen (Blyth) Stone ’11 had never been outside North America.
After graduation, she spent seven years living and working abroad in Russia and South Africa.
“My summer study abroad was part of what prompted me to move to Russia after I graduated,” Stone said. “I learned a lot about my ability to thrive in an unfamiliar situation, I learned a lot of Russian, and I made some really good friends.”
Stone, who majored in Russian and political science and minored in education, schooling, and society, worked as an English teacher and then a journalist in Russia.
When a war in Ukraine began, Stone moved with her husband to his native South Africa and took a job with S-RM, a risk consultancy company. She now serves as an associate director of corporate intelligence in S-RM’s New York office.
Through it all, she credits the education she received in the College of Arts and Letters — and specifically her Russian classes — with equipping her with skills that have formed the foundation of her success.
“The Russian program’s influence has been transformative for what I’ve gone on to do with my career,” Stone said.
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