"I had the same feelings when I was entering Phelps Gate. I literally felt like Harry Potter. I could not believe that it was happening to me, the girl from Moscow province. But it was real."

Arina Lopukhin
Russia


I was raised in a tiny town in Moscow province with a population of approximately fifteen thousand people. My parents went to small low-quality Russian colleges, and none of my grandparents has graduated from college. Having this background, I could never imagine that one day I would cross a threshold of Yale University campus. Yes, I have always been a dreamer, and, I guess, this character trait made me apply to YYGS. But lets be honest - dreams have limits.

Before coming to YYGS, I thought I had no chance to get in. Actually, I even asked my best friend to check the application status for me, because I thought I would not be able to read a rejection letter myself. Imagine my reaction, when she read a word ‘congratulations’ out loud. I could not realize it was real, my thoughts were jumbled, and my heart went out of rhythm.

I had the same feelings when I was entering Phelps Gate. I literally felt like Harry Potter. I could not believe that it was happening to me, the girl from Moscow province. But it was real.

There was no day I felt dissatisfied with something at YYGS.  Lectures were extremely interesting, and all of activities were useful and fascinating. However, what I find most important is that every single person was incredibly intelligent, curious and kind. So I was glad to be surrounded by such a great group of people.

I have never experienced something like this program before. YYGS left a myriad of positive memories and new knowledge in my mind. However, what is more essential, YYGS helped me to realize that dreams do come true, even if everyone around thinks it is impossible.  My dream would not come true without your tremendous help.

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