"Most of us are cultured into believing medicine is the end-all and be-all of science. YYGS showed us that on the contrary, there are so many exciting branches of science to be explored such as biotechnology, biomedicine, and biophysics."

2017 BBS
Danai from Zimbabwe

Looking back on my time at YYGS, I feel a gentle pang of nostalgia and a fierce longing in my heart to be back there again. What wouldn’t I give to relive those precious moments, to relearn those life-changing lessons, to gaze again at all the beautiful smiling faces that I had begun to think of as friends.

Attending YYGS was a dream come true for me. It was immediately apparent to me upon arrival, that the entire program was not simply going to meet my seemingly high expectations- it was going to surpass them.

The educational aspect was thorough and rigorous. The lecturers skilfully shared their research and passion with each and every one of us and they kept us riveted throughout the lectures with strange findings like fish with blue blood (gasp) and planarian worms which can fully regenerate from literally any piece of their body. What shocked me most however, was the sheer magnitude of the scientific spectrum. Most of us are cultured into believing medicine is the end-all and be-all of science. YYGS showed us that on the contrary, there are so many exciting branches of science to be explored such as biotechnology, biomedicine, and biophysics. Our lectures were closely followed by discussion sessions which often gave rise to interesting and heated debates about the subject matter.

My favourite aspect of the program however was simply the environment around me. The stunning Yale campus coupled with a courtyard full of kind, happy teenagers made for an experience of a lifetime. For the first time in my life I was staying in a dorm with suitemates from all four corners of the world. Each of them with their own story to tell and with something unique to them. I was inspired by all the different characters I met. They made me realize that you are never too young to make an impact on the world we live in.

Another great aspect of the program was the Capstone project whereby we had to work in groups of four or five to thoroughly research on a scientific question and then present your findings to other YYGS students. The entire process was not only a tremendous amount of fun, but also a great way to build teamwork and teach time management skills.

Overall the program was a surreal educational journey which allowed me to grow as an individual and to be exposed to a myriad of different cultures, backgrounds, beliefs and outlooks on life in general. I feel after the program I have an idea of what University life might be like in the US (a lot of hard work, but also a ton of fun).

To anyone reading this and thinking about applying for the program, I have three words for you “GO FOR IT”. You’ll thank yourself later!

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