"The long table across the room was like a miniature globe-- surrounded by individuals from all over the country, all around the world."

Verena Lin
California

Sitting around a dining table, with Professor Hathaway’s words ringing in our heads, my discussion group convened in the seminar room at Pierson College’s basement. The girl across from me was from New York City, the girl next to me was from Hong Kong, the boy on my other side was from Great Britain, the boy diagonal from me was from Greece… The long table across the room was like a miniature globe-- surrounded by individuals from all over the country, all around the world. We differed not only in our physical traits but also in our viewpoints, mindsets, opinions, and experiences. It was this aspect of YYGS-- the cross-continental and international connections that formed-- that intrigued me most throughout this experience.

As eye-opening and meaningful as Professor Hathaway’s lecture was, the discussion that morning could not stray itself from the most controversial of the summer, or debatably, the year-- Brexit. The British guy expressed his concern over how the aged population had the greatest say in the decision that the country’s youth will have to live the consequences of-- a situation that parallels modern American politics. The Greek guy, by correcting misconceptions about the Greek lifestyle, informed us of his culture as he described what he foresaw for members of the European Union, specifically Greece. Topics sprung up from questions and statements, were bounced back and forth by disagreeing individuals, and through the information that came out of this process, allowed me to form my own opinions.

For an hour a day, I saw through the lenses of peers from all around the world. For an hour a day, I journeyed around the globe.

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