"As for lectures and seminars, I had never had more interesting discussions! I got a chance to pose questions to renowned professors who gave intriguing lectures and were leaders in their field."

Ben Rhee
NY, USA

“Go straight, then turn left through the doors and walk into the common room, where you’ll register and get your room keys”. The intern smiled at me, then opened the black gates to Jonathan Edwards College, the place where I would be staying for the next two weeks. “And welcome! You’ll have a blast here”. With those words, he ushered me through the gates and turned around to greet the next wave of newcomers.

And with that, I started off my stay at Yale University as a camper of the Young Yale Global Scholars Program. At first, I was a little nervous. How will I would fit into the diverse set of people coming from all over the world? How will I manage to understand the lectures and seminars that seemed to be complicated, based on the readings given before the program? However, by the second day, all my fears were gone. Everyone was very friendly and despite having different sets of backgrounds and viewpoints, they were willing to listen and appreciate one another without hesitation. As for lectures and seminars, I had never had more interesting discussions! I got a chance to pose questions to renowned professors who gave intriguing lectures and were leaders in their field. I also learned about current issues such as global warming and the perspectives from people all over the world, from Canada to Zimbabwe.

Two weeks zipped by, and not only did I get a taste of the college life (I got to live in a suite of the oldest residential college in Yale!), but I was able to meet some bright minds and get a truly “global” experience. YYGS was the highlight of my summer ’15, and I will always remember the experience and friends I made for years to come.

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