Traditions•“Russian culture is steeped in literature, ballet, painting and classical music” (http://). •In Russian, teenagers graduate high school by 16, are usually done with college (or close to done) by 21, and get married at a young age. It is generally looked down upon for a woman to get married later than her 20s. For instance, my mother was married at 18, gave birth to me at 21, by which point my father was finishing up medical school and starting his residency. •After marriage, it is traditional for the married couple to live with the husband’s or wife’s family, and rely on the for support. This allows an easier transition when starting a family, but can also create some tension between the newly weds and the in-laws. My parents, for instance, lived with my grandparents until we had been in the United sates for a few years already.