Alumni Tag

Closing ceremony with fellow NSLI-Y students

Posted On October 2, 2018By pabloIn Korean

수료식 연설 (Closing Ceremony Speech)

Shreya is from Plano, TX and participated in the 2018 Korean summer program. I wanted to share a translation and video of the Korean speech I wrote for my program’s closing ceremony. While writing it, I reflected on the growth we’d all experienced over the six weeks and thanked the people who made it possible. The content of this speech sounds rather simplistic in English, but a lot of thought was put into each sentence! — Hello! My name is Shreya, I’m sixteen years old (in Korean age), and I’veRead More
Posing with fellow NSLI-Y students

Posted On September 25, 2018By pabloIn Arabic

Looking to the Future

Tanya is from Irving, TX and participated in the 2018 Arabic summer program in Jordan. I was always fascinated by Ancient Egypt since childhood and in 2013 when I visited Egypt with my family, the images from the countless books and History Channel became a breathtaking reality. This trip inspired me to apply to the NSLI-Y Arabic program and when I was accepted, I imagined having a similar experience to Egypt in Jordan. However, what I envisioned, quickly proved to be wrong. The experience of living with, studying, and eatingRead More
webinar announcement
NSLI-Y Interactive welcomes you to join the first ever NSLI-Y Indonesian Alumni Webinar! NSLI-Y had its first Indonesian summer program this year and now alumni from the program would love to tell you about it. Join us for reflections, stories, and pictures from the summer program. This is a great opportunity to learn more about NSLI-Y’s newest language and program! Register HERE for the event. If you require reasonable accommodations please note this in the registration form. Introducing the speakers for the event: Hello, my name is Aurelia and I’m fromRead More
Title slide of webinar presentation
On September 27, 2018 NSLI-Y Interactive the first webinar of the 2018-2019 season. This webinar featured four alumni who shared how they have used stories from NSLI-Y in their lives and careers. From college applications to outreach to breaking regional stereotypes, these alumni provided valuable insight and tips on how to effectively share about NSLI-Y. Watch the full recording of the event here. Speaker Bios: Hi everyone! My name is Caroline and I’m from North Carolina. I’m a NSLI-Y Moldovan Summer 2017 alumna. Currently, I’m finishing up my senior yearRead More
Pictured are Madison and her host mom.

Posted On August 28, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Russian, Uncategorized

What Can I Say About Moscow?

Madison was a participant on the Russian summer program in 2017. I’ve had a lot of time to reflect – and talk– about the experiences I have had and the things I have learned over the summer. As with any intensive and unique experience, it is quite difficult to explain to “outsiders” exactly what my summer was “like.” It was incredible. It was hard, I tell them. A lot of homework, meetings, and endless adventures with my fellow American peers. I was always doing something. I made new lifelong friends, bothRead More
Roshni overlooking the beautiful scenery

Posted On August 23, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Hindi

Breaking My Cultural Iceberg: India’s Diversity

Roshni is from State College, PA and participated in the 2016 India summer program. You awake to the aroma of spices while putting on your school uniform, but it’s a new place. You say “सुप्रभात!” to greet your host mother and sister, but it’s a new language. The culture slowly immerses you with the natives, but it’s a new lifestyle. Now, you’ll experience the memories of living in India through the eyes of a NSLI-Y exchange student, me. The AFS cultural iceberg metaphor resonates with me—I observe the ice aboveRead More
Picture of Andrew holding dragon made out of candy.

Posted On August 1, 2018By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Alumni Spotlight: Andrew Leonard

After spending a transformative summer in Xian, China on the NSLI-Y program, Andrew Leonard arrived home to his New Hampshire school district that sadly did not offer Chinese courses as a foreign language option. Andrew, like many other young Americans, looked for more language options at home. First, Andrew tried online courses; “I enjoyed learning Mandarin so much during my summer NSLI-Y program in Xi’an that I looked for virtual options back home. However, online options were not as interactive and immersive as I was used to in China. I knewRead More
Picture of Allan in front of mosque by water.

Posted On July 20, 2018By Nicole WeitznerIn Arabic

Alumni Spotlight: Allan Cate

Allan is from Burke, VA and participated in the Arabic program in Morocco. At school, Allan sat next to a girl from Morocco and learned about the diversity and beauty of her country. Yet every day when he got home to watch the news, he noticed that any mention of countries like Morocco was passed up for images of war, violence, and extremism in other parts of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This desire to hear about Middle Eastern politics from a local perspective and to delveRead More
Alex with his host brother.

Posted On May 16, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Returning to Korea: One Year later

Alex is from Louisville, CO and participated in the 2014 Korea summer and 2016-2017 Korea academic year programs. 334 days, 11 hours, and 25 minutes after my initial departure, I find myself back in Seoul, South Korea; the city that was my home for 268 days, 10 hours, and 20 minutes. At first everything seems just as I left it, nothing changing, everything the same. I can still effortlessly navigate the subways by memory; I easily remember the location of my favorite candy at a local convenience store I frequented;Read More
CJ smiling with a friend.

Posted On May 1, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Alumni Spotlight: C.J. Aragon

C.J. is from Albuquerque, NM and participated in the Arabic programs in Egypt and Morocco. There is a saying in the NSLI-Y community that, “you are just one C.J. away from knowing everyone.” Meaning, Carlo James Aragon (better known as C.J.) knows so many NSLI-Y alumni and applicants that you are sure to have him as a mutual acquaintance. C.J. has touched many in the NSLI-Y community, spanning across cultures and continents. C.J.’s passion for cross-cultural connections has shone through during his two NSLI-Y Arabic programs and time abroad inRead More