Alumni Tag

Kate with NSLI-Y friends in Jordan

Posted On December 11, 2018By Meike FaberIn Arabic

Reflecting on My Time in Jordan

Kate Jensen is from Norfolk, VA and participated in the Jordan Summer 2017 program. Looking back, the application process for NSLI-Y went by in a flash; before I knew it, I was being rocked by the turbulence of a plane descending over the deserts of the Middle East. I remember my first few days in Jordan vividly. From the moment I stepped off the plane with my cohort of scholarship recipients (with whom some of my best memories have been made), I was drawn to the unfamiliar world around meRead More
Lunch with Friends in Korea

Posted On December 6, 2018By Meike FaberIn Korean

Where Food Equals Family

Ellie Cook is from Spokane Valley, WA and participated in the Korea Summer 2018 program. My host mother stands firmly by the principle that food, like all other good things, should be served with generous portions of love. Among the first questions she asked me were “잘 먹는 게 뭐 있어? (What do you like to eat?)” and “보통 미국에서 뭐 먹지? (What do you usually eat at home?)” As I am not a very picky eater, I initially replied that I would eat whatever she made (and everything sheRead More
NSLI-Y students in Moscow

Posted On November 29, 2018By Meike FaberIn Russian

Video of Moscow Summer 2018 Program

Gretchen Moulton is from Virginia Beach, VA and participated in the Russia Summer 2018 program. I compiled a collection of videos I took this summer, during my time in Moscow, Russia with the Russian American Foundation. Enjoy!  Read More
Ashley with her host family

Posted On November 29, 2018By Meike FaberIn Korean

The Crossroads of Culture in Seoul

Ashley Hajimirsadeghi is from Baltimore, MD and participated in the Korea Summer 2018 program. During my time in Seoul, South Korea, in the summer of 2018, it was in my wildest dreams to go and eat my culture’s food with my host family. When my roommate and I first moved in with my host family, my host mother and father bashfully told me, “Ashley…we didn’t know was Persian was. We had to look it up!” As an Iranian-American, this was culture shock to me. Everyone in the United States knewRead 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
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
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
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