"From lectures by Yale professors and speakers whose zeal for their projects was manifest, to bonds I had made with my friends and my instructors, the experience will remain an unforgettable moment in my high school career."


2018 FST 
Doyoon (Daniel) Kim from South Korea

On my very first day at YYGS, I walked through the front gates into Davenport College and wondered: what new friends would I make? Would I have the chance to listen to and interact with real Yale professors? I would soon find out that the answer to these questions was a resounding yes.

All of the different aspects of YYGS, from the lectures to the seminars to the Capstone Project, were unforgettable experiences.

The seminars that I attended during my time at YYGS covered a variety of subjects, ranging from the ethical implications of self-driving cars and the science behind sleep, to even the potential technology that could be used for lightsabers. Each seminar was filled with knowledge, encouraging me to look at topics through complex perspectives that I hadn’t considered before. For example, the seminar on self-driving cars prompted debates on the accountability of accidents (the driver or the car maker), as well as on the technology of the car that would be programmed to save either the “other” or the driver. The opportunity to hear and partake in these discussions not only gave me a chance to ask questions and present my own opinions, but also highlighted critical questions that current society must address in order to reconcile the rapidly changing landscape.

At Yale, I also had the opportunity to listen to professors and researchers not only talk about their field of study, but also give us insight on their research and work. These lectures, which covered topics ranging from artificially intelligent robots that could teach children, to advancements in genetic technology, were fascinating as they explored avenues of research that would impact the world and future. These experiences also helped me find a completely new spectrum of different fields in science and technology that I had interest in.

The Capstone Project at YYGS was also one of my most favorite parts of the program. Tasked with the assignment of coming up with a solution to issues with virtual reality, my teammates and I tackled the health concerns of VR. This project not only allowed me to grow close with an amazing group of teammates, but also encouraged me to discuss and think of innovative and effective solutions to our problem. I clearly remember a time when my group and I had been working on our project; we had come up with an idea to counteract simulation sickness by creating a pair of VR-specialized overalls. I suddenly exclaimed, “We should call it VRoveralls!” and everyone burst out laughing. It quickly became an inside joke within our team to add ‘VR’ in front of any word that was related to our Capstone solution. And so ‘VRoveralls’ became the name of our Capstone Project. While the moment didn’t contribute academic significance, it became one of my fondest memories shared with new friends at Yale.

From lectures by Yale professors and speakers whose zeal for their projects was manifest, to bonds I had made with my friends and my instructors, the experience will remain an unforgettable moment in my high school career. 

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