"YYGS also represents an opportunity for you to be completely immersed in an environment where like-minded people who are striving for the same goals, instructors and professors included, surround and inspire you."

Justin Wei
16 years old
Hong Kong

Studying and living in the marvelous Jonathan Edwards residential college may be one thing, but learning from and interacting with 200 talented young individuals from all across the globe represents something different altogether.

Before attending the program I had heard comments about YYGS being an ‘intense’ and ‘life-changing’ experience, and to be honest, I still wasn’t entirely convinced when I stepped out of my cab and took those initial steps towards the common room. Two weeks later, however, as I stepped into another cab that was to whisk me to Union Station and away from Yale, I no longer had any doubts remaining regarding the aforementioned description.

The compact, busy nature of the schedule, along with the short duration of the program meant that we were all kept occupied and sleep-deprived - but at the same time it also made every project group meeting all the more memorable, and every 10pm trek to Insomnia Cookies all the more exciting. I continue to treasure every post-midnight nonintellectual conversation I had with my roommates, just as much as the cultural discussions we had on the hammocks in the courtyard. I think it is safe to say that the intense lectures, projects and seminars facilitated the intense and lifelong friendships that were molded during the two brief weeks.

YYGS also represents an opportunity for you to be completely immersed in an environment where like-minded people who are striving for the same goals, instructors and professors included, surround and inspire you. Aside from the main facets of the program, components such as the career talks and movie nights also helped me in finding totally new perspectives for my future development within the wider community.

During the program, there were numerous occasions when I felt truly at home even though I was around people I had met for only less than half a month. Being able to learn from you all has been truly humbling and life-changing – may we continue to motivate and influence each other far into the future, regardless of where we all might be.

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