All posts by Signe Knutson

Posted On March 8, 2019By Signe KnutsonIn Russian

The Difference Between Family and Coexistence

Logan participated in the 2016 Russian Summer Program in Russia. I grew up in Midwestern America. I had a family I loved, friends that gave me the time of my life, and I was ready to take the next huge step in my life on the way to adulthood – I had a study group with the brightest people I knew, my teachers were all in on getting me to the university of my dreams, I was musically involved in every academic aspect possible, and I went home to aRead More
Meliha wearing all blue sitting next to a blue wall

Posted On February 28, 2019By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Celebrating Food and Diversity in Morocco

Meliha is from Boise, ID and participated in the Arabic Academic Year 2017-2018 program in Morocco. While participating on NSLI-Y in Morocco, Meliha quickly learned that food brings people together! To bond with her host mom, Meliha spent many hours by her side, learning how to make Moroccan bread. During the holidays, she and her friends cooked a Christmas dinner for their local peers. And just for fun, she and her fellow NSLI-Y participant, Isaac, whipped up bagels for their Moroccan friends so they could experience a taste of AmericanRead More
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On February 20th, current NSLI-Y students studying Russian in Moldova presented on the theme, Character Development and Self-Growth. Topics included managing time and the benefits of independence, challenging oneself academically and personally, and finding direction for the future. The NSLI-Y students presented during the first half of the event and spent the second half answering questions from the audience. If you were not able to attend the live event, we encourage you to watch the recording! Speaker Bios: My name is Melissa and I’m from Canton, Massachusetts. I became interestedRead More
Picture of NSLI-Y group sitting on ledge in Chefchaouen

Posted On November 15, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Bonding Through the World Cup

Aidan is from Drexel Hill, PA and participated in the Morocco Summer 2018 program. Traveling to another country for an extended period of time is hard in any situation, but traveling to Morocco with no prior experience in Arabic really proved to be a challenge at first! When I arrived in Morocco, my NSLI-Y roommate Talat and I were greeted by our host mom, aunt, and sister, and were taken through the winding streets of Rabat, and through the مدينة قديمة, or old city, to our host family’s home. We were immediately takenRead More
Group picture in Taiwan with students and their host families during orientation
Hailing from Seattle with one of the largest Chinese-American populations in the U.S., Wilson had always been surrounded by Chinese culture and language. As an Asian American himself, he saw the interaction with Chinese-Americans as an important cultural exchange. Wilson wanted to participate in NSLI-Y to continue cultural exchange through proficiency in the Chinese language. Wilson took part in the summer Chinese program in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Throughout the six week program, he participated in Chinese classes about four hours each weekday. During the classes, he and his peers would participateRead More
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On Wednesday, November 14, at 9:00 am EST, NSLI-Y students from the Korea and Taiwan Academic Year programs together presented on the theme of Citizen Ambassadorship. The presenters shared about why citizen ambassadorship is important and what it means to them. This event was part of International Education Week: International Education Week (IEW), November 12-16, 2018 is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts toRead More
William pictured outside a restaurant with his host family

Posted On October 24, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Homecoming

William is from Los Angeles, CA and participated in the 2018 Taiwan summer program. He is currently a student at the University of Chicago. I’m not Chinese. I’m American. Despite being the son of a Taiwanese immigrant, I constantly told myself this, adhering to the advice of my parents: Don’t be the stereotypical, antisocial Chinese kid. Pop culture was an incessant reminder that we amount to little more than underappreciated, behind-the-scenes geniuses. Or, in Hollywood, nerdy sidekicks to the dashing, charismatic protagonist. If I hoped to one day shatter theRead More
Picture of Kyla in traditional Korean dress

Posted On October 9, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Studying Abroad with Anxiety

Kyla is from Denver, Colorado and participated in the 2018 Korea summer program. 안녕하세요! 저는 카일라입니다. 콜로라도 주에서왔습니다. 이번 여름에 한국에서 공부했습니다. 한국어를 많이 배웠습니다. 한국에 다시 가고 싶습니다. 한국어를 더 공부하고 싶습니다. 제 이야기를 즐겁게 읽어주셨으면 감사하겠습니다! Hello! My name is Kyla and I am from Colorado. I studied in South Korea this past summer and I learned a lot of Korean. I want to go to Korea again and study more Korean. Please enjoy reading my story! I had never been away from my family for more thanRead More
Danielle and friends pictures in traditional Korean dress
Danielle is from Miami, FL and is an alumna of the 2017 Korean summer program. Some of the experiences I valued most that the NSLI-Y program provided me with were instances where I was provided with the opportunity to teach someone something new, that they may have never been able to understand otherwise. South Korea, a country I’d previously thought, as it was so technologically and economically forward, was a global society, similar to the U.S. in that knowledge about other cultures would be so easy to access, that everyoneRead More
Title slide of webinar
On October 24th, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the first ever NSLI-Y Indonesian Alumni Webinar. NSLI-Y had its first Indonesian summer program this year (2018) and alumni from the program shared about their program experience through pictures, stories, and reflections. We invite you to watch the recording of this special event if you would like to learn more about NSLI-Y Indonesian.   Introducing the speakers for the event: Hello, my name is Aurelia and I’m from Spokane Valley Washington. I wanted to study Bahasa Indonesia so that I could learn more about IndonesiaRead More