Erin Ryan ’11 discovered her life’s passion in a sixth grade social studies class. The 12-year-old from Craftsbury, Vt., knew she wanted to help build peace in the world after several community members came to speak about their experiences in the Peace Corps. “After hearing their accounts of all the good they had done and the difference they had made, I knew what I wanted to be ‘when I grew up,’” she says. “I brought this aspiration with me to Wheaton, where I continued my interest in international relations and discovered my love for the Russian language.” A double major in Russian and international relations, she will take another step toward fulfilling her passion in the coming year. With the support of a Fulbright grant, she will travel to Russia to teach English and pursue her quest for fluency in Russian. After that, she hopes to join the Peace Corps herself.