"It was amazing to have a focused set of courses and lectures because even though all of us scholars came from so many different backgrounds and experiences, we all shared similar interests and goals in life."

Calista Dominy
PA, USA

Summer is a time to expand your horizons, a time to discover new adventures. Summer takes you away from your daily routine and provides the opportunity for escaping your comfort zone. My experience at the Yale Young Global Scholars program catapulted me out of the life I was accustomed. Coming from the suburban town of Collegeville, Pennsylvania, the world of the Global Scholar was a whole new ball game. The vibrant city of New Haven, the ivy-draped walls of Yale’s campus buildings, and the diverse array of young scholars from all 50 states and over 75 different countries exposed me to a diversity that was international in scope.

The session I was part of was titled “Science, Policy, and Innovation”. It was amazing to have a focused set of courses and lectures because even though all of us scholars came from so many different backgrounds and experiences, we all shared similar interests and goals in life. We harbored the same passions for connecting science and public policy and using this crossover to improve the world around us. It was truly inspirational to connect with so many different people in seminars that ranged from “The Ethical Connotations of Medical TV Shows” to “The Effect Urbanization has on Public Health”. Additionally, towards the end of the program, the scholars broke off into teams of four and completed key research projects (which included a paper report as well as a symposium-style presentation) in an area of their choice. My group elected to focus on the implication of universal healthcare on the emergency room service in hospitals. My research team and I learned a great deal while attempting to become experts on our topic, and we also had a large amount of fun while crafting our presentation.

Within the encouraging environment of YYGS, all of us young scholars postulated new ideas, explored new perspectives, and in the end, really got to know each other. Not only did I learn more about the overlap between science and policy than I ever thought I could, but I also made friends in this program that I know will last a lifetime. Our times between seminars, lectures, and research periods were spent together watching the World Cup, going on frozen yogurt runs, or playing Frisbee in the quad. Yale Young Global Scholars has opened a world of possibilities for what my future will entail, and it has brought be life-long friends from all corners of the globe.

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