"In Serbia, my country, people believe that such chances exist only for wealthy and privileged students. However, I proved contrary. Yale University opened new doors for me this summer, granting me the full financial aid to attend the program."

Sara Kljajic
Serbia

The Yale Young Global Scholar Program was definitely one of the best experiences in my life. Just a year ago I couldn’t even imagine that I would ever be able to attend such a prestigious program. A year ago, Yale University used to be just an abstract idea present in my dreams. In Serbia, my country, people believe that such chances exist only for wealthy and privileged students. However, I proved contrary. Yale University opened new doors for me this summer, granting me the full financial aid to attend the program.

I honestly enjoyed every single day of the program. Everything, starting from the meals we used to have in magically- looking dining hall, morning lectures, and afternoon seminars was incredibly inspiring and thrilling experience for me. I was honored to listen some of the well-known Yale professors as well as renowned lecturers from around the country. Thanks to this, I engaged myself in the topics I have never studied before. Likewise, throughout the program I learned a lot about American history and culture.

Yale Gothic style architecture took my breath away. The cozy atmosphere at Jonathan Edwards College made me love this place from the first moment I saw it. Getting a chance to visit the Yale Memorial Library was like a dream come true. I think I will never forget such a large amount of books I saw at one place. I could not get rid of feeling that I was in the movie.

As a student coming from United World Colleges, an international school in Hong Kong, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Yale celebrates diversity in every possible way too. Students, coming from various places around the world, were extremely passionate and enthusiastic about every topic we talked about. I particularly enjoyed the process of sharing my understanding of both Hong Kong and Serbian culture and listening about political and economic situations of other countries. On the other hand, there are no words that can describe my feelings of pride and happiness knowing that I am the only Serbian student at the program. Similarly, I was pleasantly thrilled by the welcoming and positive atmosphere at the college. Everyone, starting from the interns, Yale graduate students and Yale professors treated students in a friendly and respectful way.

I made some life- long friendships, I deepened my knowledge and I finally firmly decided that I want to major in Economics at the university. There is no better way I could have spent two-weeks of my summer. It was an honor to be the part of the program. A couple of days ago I gave an informative session about the program. I was happy to share my amazing summer experience and pass enthusiasm on other students in my school.

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