"This program made me realize how big the world really is and that some of Brazilian’s problems can also happen in Rwanda and some Hungarian solutions can be applied in Brazil."

Daniel Calarco
Brazil


Now, it’s my time to talk about the Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS). When I look back to a few months ago, I had an expressive and intense feeling, definitely the most important one, HOPE. Not in the cliché way, but in the most realistic way.

Yale Young Global Scholars is a two-week program that connects some of the most influential students and professors from around the world. What I didn’t know before participating in the program was how intense and transforming these two weeks would be.

I met amazing, incredible, and brave young people from all over the world. I had classes with Yale professors and Yale graduate and undergraduate students. For me, the Yale students and professors became role models because they strongly believe in change. They did not bow down to the current problems; they acted to produce change.

YYGS is a program for people who believe that everything can be changed, but that they cannot accomplish this alone. We have to work with family, friends, NGOs, and have international collaboration; in essence, we must rely on and learn with others. It seems to me that Yale University believes today’s youth has the power and capacity to make amazing things happen, society just has to listen so we can discuss. This program made my voice stronger and now I am not afraid to stand up to taboos or "adults issues."

This program made me realize how big the world really is and that some of Brazilian’s problems can also happen in Rwanda and some Hungarian solutions can be applied in Brazil. I saw all of it through three perspectives: Politics, Law, and Economics. I have so many certainties, though I still have so many doubts, but now I can ask all the right questions. I used to be in a single place, considering just a single history and after YYGS, I understand how complex the world is. In the morning, I would have breakfast with a Slovakian, an American and a Russian. In a few years, I’m going to be helping solve problems with these students, side-by-side. I am very grateful for the opportunity YYGS provided to me.

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