"Bringing together young people coming from different horizons, urging them to work together to solve current problems in the world is the best way to assure the world a future generation of honest, dedicated leaders who respect the beliefs, traditions and lifestyles of others."
Sebgo from Burkina Faso
My name is Sebgo. I am currently a student from Burkina Faso, my native country.
I had the honor of participating in the Applied Science and Engineering Session of the Yale Young Global Scholars program 2018. Without the scholarship awarded to me, I could not have made this trip nor participated in this extraordinary program.
During my stay at Yale, I got to know the people around me. When we had to solve a problem that was posed to us, group work was the priority, and it helped us to overcome unconventional challenges. It was a revelation for me. I understood the true meaning of the saying "Union is strength". It's an experience that inspired me to take a new approach to the world and how to transform it. I realized that I won't be able to make a change in the world without the help of people who understand my goals and dreams.
The most important thing I learned at the Yale Young Global Scholars Program is that nothing is impossible for people who work together. Activities such as simulations and the capstone project are proof of this. The program taught me to trust others in all circumstances, to listen to them and to analyze each suggestion before making a final decision. Listening is an essential thing in a capitalist world in search of freedom. I think this lesson will help me in the future.
I only remember positive sides of YYGS. It has been two weeks of pleasant surprises, activities and experiences that have enriched me intellectually, socially and interculturally. On the one hand, attending the Applied Science and Engineering session allowed me to explore these areas in a different way than before. I had the great honor to participate in conferences led by renowned Yale professors on fields as varied as genetics, energetics, robotics, which allowed me to quench my thirst of knowledge and reinforced me in my decision to devote myself more to science and the progress of technology. For me, who is educated in a poor country lacking sufficient financial resources, it is a great joy to take advantage of the university's spectacular infrastructure and to be able to visit the Yale laboratories, where advanced research and other future discoveries are being made. On the other hand, YYGS was also the opportunity for me to enjoy an incredible cultural, ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity to learn much more about my companions from all over the world. Bringing together young people coming from different horizons, urging them to work together to solve current problems in the world is the best way to assure the world a future generation of honest, dedicated leaders who respect the beliefs, traditions and lifestyles of others.
After two weeks at YYGS, the moment that will remain most etched forever in my head is the certificate delivery in the Capstone groups. That day, we each had to hand over an attestation to a member of our group with whom we had worked throughout the program, while summarizing the participation of the latter in the project. In handing me my certificate, my group gave me a heartwarming speech that made me realize that I was going to miss them tremendously and how much we had built strong bonds around a common passion, science.
YYGS was also the occasion for me to discuss with my peers about very diverse subjects. I remember that one day, I had a particularly interesting discussion with my YYGS comrades about education in our respective countries, and how these countries react in a world where tradition and modernity compete in a ruthless struggle. I have noticed that the situation differs from one continent to another: while modern Asia tends to return to the source of its culture and tries somehow to remain impervious to the cultural imperialism of this century to the detriment of Asian young people who often have difficulty adapting to other cultures, Africa is witnessing a decline in its civilization, its culture swept aside by cultural mimicry.
Staying on such a prestigious university campus as Yale has been a fantastic experience for me. The American education system has seduced me and I wish one day to integrate a university with an atmosphere conducive to my intellectual development. Program events such as the College Panel and the College Admission talk allowed me to learn more about admission to American universities and of course to learn about the impressions and experiences of Yale students.
For me, who is passionate about electronics, the Applied Science and Engineering session of YYGS has allowed me to deepen my knowledge in fields at the forefront of research such as robotics and energy. I learned to work in a group with other students as in a real business situation. Yale Young Global Scholars is truly a program that allows students to unlock their potential and become active agents of progress.