"Be yourself, demonstrate your intellectual curiosity and be willing to have room for growth."

William Acheampong
Texas, USA

Hi, my name is William Acheampong. I am a senior at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas and, as you probably noticed, I have an unusual last name -- Acheampong. My father is from Ghana, a thriving nation in West Africa. On this blog, you will read about other YYGS scholars who too have unusual last names and have vibrant cultural backgrounds.

YYGS International Security and Affairs was a life-changing experience for me. If you have the opportunity to be a part of any YYGS session, take that opportunity! Through YYGS, you will have the unique opportunity to meet and become close with some of the world’s most brilliant minds, impactful leaders and innovative thinkers of tomorrow. While in New Haven attending the program, make sure you open up and meet as many people as you can. The ability to come face to face with students from all reaches of the globe is an opportunity you cannot take lightly. My biggest pieces of advice for any YYGS applicant is to be yourself, demonstrate your intellectual curiosity and be willing to have room for growth.

For me, Yale is a place where I can grow not only intellectually, but also socially and culturally. Yale is a place where no matter who you are, where you come from and what you have accomplished, you can find a true home away from home. Make the most out of YYGS. If you are selected, you are there for a reason. Go out and find that reason!

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