"My little experience with practical science and technology didn´t become an obstacle at all. If anything, it became an inspiration and motivation for me to get myself more involved in those aspects."

2018 FST
Beatrice from Tanzania

Looking back to the day when the YYGS results came out, I remember sitting in a chair in my room, opening the YYGS website so I could look at my decision. I entered my email address and password and waited while the page loaded. At the sight of the first word, “Congratulations!”, I jumped out of the chair with unexplainable excitement. I knew I was going to have a marvelous experience at YYGS and my two weeks at YYGS didn’t prove me wrong.

Mixed with my excitement, I also had some fears. I was afraid that I would not be able to make meaningful relationships with people in two weeks or that I would have less to contribute in class since I had little experience in technology and sometimes didn’t finish my readings either. But, as I went through my two weeks in YYGS, none of these things hindered my experience. I met lovely suitemates who were willing to have amazing late night chats until check-in time. The participants were so easygoing in starting conversations and sharing their stories. I remember having plans to go out without knowing where to and with who, but as soon as I stepped out of my dorm, I met random groups of people who were going out and warmly invited me to join them. Now, I can safely say that I made meaningful bonds and new friends at YYGS.

My little experience with practical science and technology didn´t become an obstacle at all. If anything, it became an inspiration and motivation for me to get myself more involved in those aspects. I learned new things like coding, computational complexity, and how to debate about real-life technology situations. And even though I had little knowledge about the field, seeing how people participated in debates and got their views challenged inspired me to also say something, anything. As I spoke, people´s responses to my views made me learn something new or challenge my existing views, which was an eye-opening experience. I enjoyed all the days I spent at YYGS.

I loved the food, the location of the college, all the beautiful buildings with amazing stories behind them. But most of all, I loved the people in the program. The YYGS program was definitely a unique experience, one that I will always share and one that I will always encourage other people to experience too. Thank you!​

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