Sometimes life leads people far away, only to meet others who come from familiar places. That's what happened with three alumni of the M.A. program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, who are all currently assigned to the United States Embassy in Budapest, Hungary. Pictured above are David Kostelancik (’88), Deputy Chief of Mission; Douglas Dykhouse (’97), Management Counselor; and Ryan Aiken (’09), Political Officer.

Here are some thoughts from these Foreign Service Officers about the impact their University of Michigan degrees had on their careers:

It's quite a coincidence and a thrill for those of us at CREES to see these alumni who graduated over a span of three decades working in the same Embassy. Go Blue!