"I look back longingly but lovingly"

Bessie Bauman
Kansas, USA

I think that it is normal to yearn to be back in a place that harbored amazing memories. I think that it is normal to wish to see your friends again. The passing of Yale Young Global Scholars magnified those longings, and it did so with good intention.

Experiences like YYGS are meant to be ephemeral and fleeting in the physical sense, but they actually leave long-standing imprints on participants. I can certainly vouch for this. And despite the fact that YYGS took a toll on my circadian rhythm and reading capacity, the impact it left on me was so profound that I would do it all again in a heartbeat. The same steadfast loyalty to the sheer experience of the program is something I've seen to be a commonality in everyone who was a part of it.

Clearly, that ardor is not just something derived from students having a good time. The root of this zeal and passion for a period full of learning, exposure, and challenge comes from a main maxim: change. I strongly believe that each of the approximate 200 students is now more equipped to incite change after being a part of those two weeks at Yale. Participants now have a globalized idea of important topics, friends all across the world, and more importantly, the inspiration to do big things.

Personally, I found this revelation in the relationships I forged during the program. For me, the bonds ranging from those with "family" members, students, and even instructors highlighted humanity in progress. Coincidentally, Jake Sullivan (a lecturer during the program) asserted the very same idea and encouraged all of us to accept human flaw. I denote his claims with the existence of my friendships made from YYGS.

I met people from Slovakia, Ethiopia, Brazil, Germany, China, and so many other countries. They are all wonderful human beings, but every single one of us has an idiosyncrasy (or two, or three). These little quirks, from being ultra-organized all the way to being able to create from chaos, all contributed to a meshing of ideas. After reflecting on the people I met and the opinions I heard, I figured out that those little foibles, as some would call them, were actually lynchpins to cooperation and collaboration during the program. My revelation came from the passionate claims of a lecturer, and that goes to show that every moment of YYGS is an enriching one.

In conclusion, I look back longingly but lovingly, for I have come away from YYGS with human knowledge that takes raw experience to understand. Yale Young Global Scholars espoused the best of me, as it did with all of its students, by connecting and challenging everyone in a two-week fell swoop.

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