"The simulations taught us teamwork, discipline, and dedication. The capstone project taught us co-operation, how to research, what to research, and how to identify issues with your work. YYGS: the best two weeks of my life."

2017 ASE
Saif from Saudi Arabia

Hello, my name is Saif. I go to school in Saudi Arabia. I was originally born in the United States, but I lived most of my life in the Middle East.

Going to YYGS was a great experience. From meeting the new people to getting to work with them hand in hand during the program was thrilling. But the thing that stood out for me the most was the constant discussions about any and every topic on your mind. Wherever I went, I always found groups of people discussing a certain topic, analyzing it front to back, and sometimes these discussions would last 2-3 days.

Through YYGS, I gained a new perspective. For example: In Professor Brian Scassellati’s lecture, he talked about how robots had stronger curing effects on children with autism than humans did, but that is something I could have guessed. What really shocked me was the fact that the robot-human method was more successful than animal-human method. People always talked about how robots will soon replace us, but I never believed it would be so. Clearly, I was wrong. Not only are they better workers and builders, now it seems that they are better doctors than we will be. Robots will be able to help people with diseases in ways that humans simply can’t.

The program was filled with good memories, but the one that stood out the most actually happened on day 0. I had just arrived at the Yale campus and checked in. Directly afterward, I met one of the students with me in the program. We chatted for a few minutes about our capstone projects, and then he mentioned that we will need to present them. At this point, I was petrified, this was the first time I heard we will need to present. I hate presenting, I get nervous, I get sweaty, and I start to stutter. But then he starts talking about how he hates presenting as well, and this made me feel a lot more comfortable, I thought for a fact that I would be the only one who gets nervous while presenting. We go on and on talking about what scares us most about presenting until we reached a point at which we are no longer nervous about the presentation, and we are actually looking forward to it. Capstone ended up being my favorite part of the program.

The program was a great experience. Whether it was getting to visit and stay in one of the top universities worldwide or working with some of the top students. The conversations were thrilling. The lectures talked about various topics all of which are modern-day topics that can help us in our future. The seminars taught us about various different topics that we might be interested in. The simulations taught us teamwork, discipline, and dedication. The capstone project taught us co-operation, how to research, what to research, and how to identify issues with your work. YYGS: the best two weeks of my life.

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