Alumni Tag

In 2009, Patrick Deem spent an academic year in Egypt on the NSLI-Y program. His interest in the Middle East grew from a combination of factors. Patrick’s grandfather was Egyptian, but he never had the chance to meet him as his mother was adopted. This aspect of his heritage had always intrigued him. He also saw many conflicting news stories about the region and wanted to experience it for himself. He was initially surprised both by how different and similar the U.S. and Egypt were. For example, there were shoppingRead More
Morgan pictured with her friend surrounded by foliage in a greenhouse.
Morgan Batiste-Simms, of Missouri, TX, attends a Global Studies Academy at William P. Clements High School. When a speaker presented on NSLI-Y at her school, Morgan was instantly excited. She applied with Russian as her first preference because she had always been interested in Russian history and culture. She had also studied Latin and Greek in school and wanted a new challenge. She chose to apply for an academic year because she wanted more time to learn the language and to better understand her goals for the future. She wasRead More
What is the biggest difference between NSLI-Y and other study abroad programs? Who was Santa Clause for the school’s holiday party? What is in a “ping dong baozi”? What is it like to have a second hometown? Watch NSLI-Y alumni Claire (’16-’17 Korean) and Joey (’16-’17 Chinese) answer these questions and chat about some of their favorite moments from their experience studying language abroad for an academic year. Claire and Joey were in New York City to share their experience and expertise with several of the 2017-2018 NSLI-Y Academic YearRead More
Justin pictured with friends in a scenic mountainous picture.
Justin is from Salem, Oregon and participated in the 2017 China summer program. Weary-eyed, all twenty-one of us dragged our luggage down to the lobby of the academic building, taking our last looks around the school we had called our own for the past six weeks. I glanced around at the glass windows, the marble floors, the little coffee tables, and chairs off to the side. Memories flooded my mind – I remembered the morning I ran into this lobby, clutching my backpack tight, sweat raining from my temples andRead More
Opening slide of virtual event
NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the first Virtual Event of the 2017-2018 Academic Year on Saturday, September 30. The event featured four NSLI-Y alumni who shared how NSLI-Y has impacted their lives and what they are up to now. If you were not able to attend the live event, we invite you to watch the recording! Prospective NSLI-Y students, the NSLI-Y application is now open and the deadline to apply for 2018-2019 programs is November 2, 2017 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time. Click here to watch the Q&A. Introducing the speakers for theRead More
Salman Haji, a Foreign Service Officer (FSO) for Public Diplomacy, is passionate about intercultural exchange, especially through language learning. This passion was inspired partly by a verse from the Qur’an that addresses the importance of the nations of the earth knowing one another. It also greatly stems from his first international exchange experiences with NSLI-Y. Salman learned a lot about cultural adaptation and appreciation from NSLI-Y and built lasting relationships with host families and communities. “When I started doing … exchange programs, I realized that … when you put asideRead More

Posted On August 18, 2017By Ligaya BeebeIn Arabic

Giving Back: An Interview with Nicholas Wade

Did your study abroad program change your life? Is just joining the alumni network not enough? If so, you can give back to the program by volunteering with implementing organizations at their pre-departure orientation or using your skills and experience in any other capacity. Contact your implementing organization for information on volunteer or internship opportunities! They are always looking for alumni to help shape the way for future participants by contributing to their organizations. One such alum who did just that is Nicholas Wade. Nicholas Wade is a 2016 Arabic SummerRead More
Annabeth Gellman began studying Chinese in tenth grade and learned of NSLI-Y through her Chinese teacher. In the summer of 2009, just after graduating, she participated in the NSLI-Y Chinese program in Shanghai. Upon arriving in China, one major challenge was learning the transportation system. This was her first experience with international travel, and her host family lived on the outskirts of Shanghai with no subway line. As a result, her commute to school involved finding her way on several modes of transportation. In order to succeed, she often foundRead More
Julius Mitchell says he began studying Chinese by accident. He had studied Spanish in his middle school in Chicago and had hoped to continue it in high school. When registering for language classes at his math, science and world language high school, he listed Spanish as his first choice and, on a whim, listed Chinese as his second choice. When he was placed in Chinese classes, he was shocked at first, but quickly fell in love with the language. He especially enjoyed using a different part of his brain toRead More
Coca-Cola Scholars Banquet
On April 3, 2014, NSLI-Y India, Academic Year 2012-13 Alumna Maddie attended the Coca-Cola Scholars Banquet, which honored 150 nationally recognized recipients selected as “exceptional people [with a] thirst for knowledge and desire to make a difference in the world,” according to the Coca Cola Scholarship foundation. The banquet was highlighted by keynote speaker and former Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, whom Maddie was given the distinguished honor of being paired with for the event. “I was recently named a Coca-Cola Scholar, and at the banquet held for theRead More