"While lectures are common for everyone, each seminar, discussion group, and tour is personalized, giving you the opportunity to make the most out of every single minute of the academic experience at Yale."

Thea Rosenberg

Nia Cambridge (Bahamas), Thea Rosenberg
(Norway), and Yvonne Deng (Canada).
Oslo, Norway

Beyond excited, and awkwardly blushing by the fact that I had just spent more than 20 minutes simply finding the entrance to Jonathan Edwards College, I arrive at the Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) Program for the first time. Luckily, I am greeted by the warm, welcoming smiles of the YYGS instructors – a true relief after a 20-hour long travel overseas.

During these first few days, I feel like I have been transformed to a completely different world, which is not completely untrue while being ten thousand miles away from home (Oslo, Norway). However, the people I meet and our first conversations make me feel less like a fish out of water; I start seeing familiar faces wherever I go. Regardless of what interesting place they come from, I realize that these people are perhaps as terrified and thrilled like myself; similarly unable to wait for the program to begin. I quickly gain a sense of belonging.

YYGS is a challenging and intense experience, where you partake with some of the most talented and brilliant-minded teenagers from across the globe. While lectures are common for everyone, each seminar, discussion group, and tour is personalized, giving you the opportunity to make the most out of every single minute of the academic experience at Yale. Yet the magic with YYGS is that the people, with whom you research and debate global issues ranging from Global Food Justice to the Loss of Rainforests, are the friends you bond with over froyo or a ping pong tournament in the buttery.

I have never felt more proud to be part of such an amazing group of people; people who challenge and inspire me to live up to my fullest potential; people with the same dreams and passions as myself; people whom I today am fortunate enough to be calling some of my best friends. YYGS made me not only grow as a student, but more importantly as a human being. I am forever grateful for the unique perspectives, new skills and passions I intent to pursue further.

Like every rollercoaster, the journey has to come to an end. Late night research, 6 o’clock workouts, froyo family trips, inspiring professors, the beautiful campus, friends for life – the closer you get to it, the less you want it to be finished.


Thea holding her TED Talk Presentation
on the Fjords of Norway.

If you’re opting for the best summer, I can guarantee you two fantastic weeks you will never forget. It’s an amazing program called YYGS.

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