Culture Tag

Zina wearing a traditional wedding sari

Posted On August 16, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Hindi

An Indian Wedding

Zina Dolan is from Urbana, IL and participated in the 2018 Hindi summer program. This week, I attended my first Indian wedding — and it was incredible. The day was full of traditions, colors, music, saris, family, and food. The groom was a friend of my host grandfather, so my entire host family attended the event. Several days before the wedding, my host mother invited me into her room to look at her collection of saris. In a family with a grandmother, a mother, and two sisters, there was no shortage ofRead More
John with his host family

Posted On August 14, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Russian

Alumni Spotlight: John Muckler

John is from West Branch, IA and participated in the 2017-2018 Russian AY program in Moldova. When John first stumbled across the NSLI-Y program, he assumed that it wasn’t for him. He had never left the country, so he thought a year abroad would be impossible. However, his interest in Russian culture and desire to dispel negative media portrayal of the country led him to give the application a try. It was as he was writing his essays that he really began to grasp what NSLI-Y entailed and how heRead More
A beautiful sky at the beach.

Posted On April 11, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

What I’m Going to Miss

Lillian participated in the Morocco 2017-2018 academic year program.  As of today, I have only 2 months left in this amazing country. Now that I’ve been living here for well over 6 months, I think that I have learned a lot about Morocco. I wanted to take a minute to talk about the things that I’m grateful for, and what I’m going to miss when I leave. I think that I am still the same person as I was when I came, but I will take certain parts of MoroccoRead More
The behenchara posing with their colorful headscarves!

Posted On April 2, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Hindi

We Said MumBYE to Indore for 3 Whole Days

Megan is from Encinitas, California and participated in the 2017-2018 India Academic Year program. As I write this, I can officially say I have been here for three months as of today! It’s crazy to think about my first few weeks here. It feels like it was so long ago! The five of us NSLI-Y girls recently got to fly out to Mumbai for three days for our midterm orientation (although we still have seven of ten months to go…) to discuss our time in Indore so far and makeRead More
Let's Talk About Food!

Posted On March 28, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Let’s Talk About FOOD

Lillian is from Fargo, North Dakota  and currently participates in the 2017-18 Morocco academic year program. As any exchange student knows, food is one of the best parts of living abroad. I feel like so much of a culture is shown through food. In Morocco, not only is the food delicious, but the hospitality surrounding food tells you a lot about Moroccan culture. I’ll talk through some of the most important things surrounding Moroccan cuisine, and then include some pictures of my favorite foods! Kuli, kuli, kuli!  “Kuli” (eat!), isRead More
Madison at a Russian palace.

Posted On February 28, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Russian

Traveling Around the World: From Houston to Moscow

Madison is from Houston, TX and participated in the 2017 Russia summer program. Здравствуйте! Меня зовут Мaдисон Ромо. Прошлым летом я былa в Москве с летней программой NSLIY. Я изучалa русский язык и культуру. Hello, my name is Madison Romo. Last summer, I was in Moscow with the NSLI-Y Summer Program. I studied Russian language and culture. It was truly a life-changing experience! When I traveled to Moscow, Russia this summer, I was not sure what to expect. There were so many new places to see and people to meet.Read More
A beautiful scenic panoramic picture of the beach.

Posted On February 21, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Not Just Another Day at the Beach

Sofia is from Mililani, HI and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. I’ll be honest, my time with my host family wasn’t easy in the beginning. My host family and I were both very shy, and to make matters worse, none of them spoke English very well, with the exception of my little nine-year-old sister with whom I still couldn’t discuss international affairs or the intricacies of South Korean culture with. I was disappointed because I knew that the riveting and eye-opening discussions about culture and politics that IRead More
Carlie and her fan dancing team.

Posted On February 19, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

The Small Things Can Have the Biggest Impact

Carlie is from Dallas, TX and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. For International Education Week I’ve decided to share one of my favorite experiences while studying in Seoul, South Korea over the summer. Every Seoul summer NSLI-Yan is required to choose a culture club to participate in each Friday during the program. I chose Fan Dance (부채춤), a Korean performing art where a group of dancers utilizes hand fans to create elegant shapes and stories. Soon after making my choice, I received some performance fans (부채) to bringRead More
David posing in front of a Chinese temple.

Posted On February 16, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

New Perspectives: Studying Chinese in Zhuhai

David is from Las Cruces, NM and participated in the 2017 China summer program. When I first arrived at my host family’s apartment, I was tired and jetlagged but also extremely excited to see my home for the next six weeks. From the nineteenth floor, I could see all around the city of Zhuhai; with parks, shops, highways, and high-rise buildings stretching as far as the eye could see. This vista was the first of many new perspectives which I discovered while studying Mandarin in China. Participating in the NSLI-YRead More
Cheyenne and her friend at a Korean museum.

Posted On February 12, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Summer in Seoul

Cheyenne is from LaGrange, GA and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. It must have been a strange sight to see 50 kids crying and hugging each other at an airport terminal. It was at Incheon Airport where we were full of excitement at first, then 6 weeks later we arrived back at the airport as a bittersweet moment. For me to have the opportunity to go to Korea was a blessing itself. I have always dreamed and wished of traveling the world, and Korea was the start ofRead More