"I am no longer the girl who was afraid of asking questions- I’ve become, instead, a confidently inquisitive scientist who’s eager to discover new things about the world around me."


2018 ASE
Mouna from Morocco

YYGS made me a scientist… in only two weeks.

I am Mouna, a 17 year-old Moroccan high school student.

As someone who is a bit obsessed with getting the best out of herself (and helping others get the best out of themselves too), I applied to the Yale Young Global Scholars program. Honestly, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

I got my admission email on April 1st. It was an amazingly overwhelming surprise- I was at a loss for words and I couldn’t express my feelings the moment I found out that I got a full scholarship. Tears in my eyes, I informed my parents about the surprise. On that bright April morning, I saw the biggest smiles that ever existed on Earth on my parents’ faces.

When the big date finally arrived, I packed my luggage and went to the USA. Once at Yale University, my dream came true. I met people from 126 countries and from all the 50 states, and we had memorable, funny, and very special moments together. We lived as a big family for 14 days, 336 hours, 20,160 minutes, and 1,209,600 seconds that we fully enjoyed at Davenport College and Yale University’s campus.

YYGS is actually a once in a lifetime experience. Being admitted to this highly selective program is such a honor for me! Now, I can say that I’ve attended summer courses at Yale University. It was my first time there, and I hope It won’t be the last!

During my YYGS experience, I discovered new things that changed how I think about the world around me . I discovered what I’m truly passionate about. I got the chance to interact with so many inspiring people from several countries around the world and from many different cultural backgrounds.

I am beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to live on Yale’s campus, walking to the dining hall for breakfast, talking with friendly people during meals, taking very engaging lectures from amazing professors, discussing the lectures during breakout sessions with an amazing group of twenty students, sharing mind blowing ideas and suggestions, attending the largely enjoyable seminars with interesting topics, the campus tour, lab tour, Walgreens runs at 9:00 P.M., observatory visits, researching and presenting for our capstone project on “Cocaine Addiction and Overdose Problem” (my favorite part!), solving multiple tasks during simulation, playing games during family time, making friends during free time, learning salsa and playing rugby, concluding this unique experience by a graduation ceremony and a wonderful group photo (that is so dear to me), in addition to a Talent Show and a late night party where we enjoyed the last few moments of the program together.

One of the many things I learned during my fortnight at YYGS is to “Be a scientist”: be inquisitive, disagree, criticize, and come out with great ideas, just like a scientist. I am no longer the girl who was afraid of asking questions- I’ve become, instead, a confidently inquisitive scientist who’s eager to discover new things about the world around me.

YYGS is more than a summer program, it’s a once in a lifetime experience that you can never get elsewhere.

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