"Meeting a surprisingly great number of diverse students and learning about them and their cultures in a melting pot of ethnicities is entirely different than reading about these people in the news."
Mamdouh from Sudan
When I successfully completed my program at YYGS, I was at a loss for words that could accurately describe my experience over the course of these dream-like two weeks. Even at this moment, I am unable to perfectly describe the overwhelming achievements that I have acquired academically, socially, and spiritually.
One thing that made me grateful to YYGS is that it influenced me to look at the world in a new perspective. Meeting a surprisingly great number of diverse students and learning about them and their cultures in a melting pot of ethnicities is entirely different than reading about these people in the news. Meeting well-reputable professors who are passionate about discussing their fields is completely different from reading about their work in scientific magazines. I got to witness a peculiar method of pursuing knowledge that is revolutionary in my region. YYGS gave me an opportunity to consider more variables when selecting my dream college, other than that of its reputation.
YYGS also had a motivation-fueling environment that urged me to try my hardest at everything I did. It is near impossible to put into words, but I constantly felt challenged to remain at my peak performance and gradually exceed my limits. It is certainly unbelievable how much a person can grow in such a short time frame. Taking inspiration from several superior students while developing a faint rivalry with others has made me grow intellectually as a person and taught me to never settle for mediocracy, especially when I could rise above the rest and be a leader that everyone could look up to. As I have taken much from YYGS, I hope that I was equally inspiring to other students as the students who inspired me.
It goes without saying that one thing that makes YYGS so close to the heart is the delightful community of students, staff, and professors. It is just absurd how can everyone maintain a lively atmosphere throughout the whole program. I successfully built strong relationships with certain individuals who shared my fiery passion and eccentric personality. It is suffice to say that I have developed friendships that are still strong to this day which long distances have not disturbed. I even dare to claim that I met my best friend during YYGS.
Although I didn't get my first-choice program in YYGS, joining FST was the best worst thing that happened to me. I had the opportunity of opening my mind to new fields of studies that I hadn’t initially considered before in my long-term career goals. I was inclined towards studying biomedical sciences pre-YYGS, but now, I am currently considering shifting my focus towards computer science. Getting a first-hand experience of writing code during one of my seminars was an awakening moment to me. I was unaware of my love of computer science and its applications before meeting the numerous creative minds that transformed my point of view to the better.
This was but a fraction of the true essence of my experience in YYGS. It is impossible for individuals who have yet to experience it to grasp the joy, pleasure, experience, knowledge, relations, and more from only hearing about it. The best advice I could give is to go there and experience it for yourself and join the YYGS family. Personally, I'm willing to raise awareness of this marvelous program in my school community so that I can let my peers live through this new experience themselves.