School Life 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
Anjali pictured cooking with her host family.

Posted On April 4, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Russian

Remembering Russia

Anjali is from San Ramon, California and participated in the 2017 Russian summer program. After a long week of Russian language classes, pre-professional meetings, and adventures with my Russian and American friends, I was always ready to spend the weekend with my eleven-year-old host sister and her parents. Although I enjoyed every weekend with them, my last weekend was especially memorable. В пятницу, я готовила вкусную пиццу и смотрела “дневник принцессы”. Но, я устала и уснула раньше. On Friday, we made a delicious pizza and watched “The Princess Diaries” in Russian. However, I was veryRead More
A crowded Moroccan train ride.

Posted On March 19, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

An Average Day in My Life

Hunter is from Oshkosh, WI and participated in the 2017-2018 Morocco Academic Year program. When I was thinking of ideas for my next post, I thought it might be interesting to share what an “average” day for me looks like. No two days are the same of course, but each day goes a little something like this: I first wake up at around 7/7:15 and take a shower. After that, I eat breakfast which our host mom prepares for us. The food’s always zween bzef! For breakfast, we usually haveRead More
Joey and his Wenzao Track tream.

Posted On May 22, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Running for a Purpose

Last October, I ran into this team on accident as I was practicing on the track at a school close to my host family’s house. Coach Liu, the coach of the private team, took notice in my running capabilities and invited me to practice with them. He worked all year on improving my form, which in return aided me in running the 400m. The older and more experienced teammates would not only coach me, but also motivate me to do better. To have someone constantly take time from their practiceRead More
Thumbnail for 2017 NSLI-Y Korea Virtual Event.

Posted On April 4, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Project Based Learning in Korea – April 29th, 2017

On April 29th, 2017, three NSLI-Y students presented their winter break and final projects. Topics included Korean pottery, Sasang constitutional typology, and elderly poverty. After the presentations, the presenters asked questions from the audience about their time in Korea. If you were not able to attend the live event, we invite you to watch the recording! Click here to learn about the winter break and final projects. Click here to watch the Q&A. NSLI-Y Student Speakers: My name is Claire, and I’m from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. This fall, I will be attendingRead More
The entrance of Changzhou Senior High School .

Posted On November 1, 2016By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

A Day in Chinese High School

Blog Excerpt: 09/08/2014 I’ve officially attended Changzhou Senior High School (常州高级中学) for a full week! Unlike most of the other NSLI-Y students, my host brother and I go to the same school, and we’re even in the same class. There are four Chinese language classes a day (approximately 4 hours worth) with the other NSLI-Y students, and for the rest of the time, we go to our assigned Chinese classes, where we’re expected to pay attention or do our own work quietly. Each of us is assigned to our ownRead More
Dancing on Independence Day in India

Posted On September 21, 2016By Signe KnutsonIn Hindi

An Unforgettable Day in India

August 15th is India’s Independence Day. I was lucky enough to get the chance to spend it as one of my last days in India at school. No regular classes were scheduled, only a program and a DJ dance party afterwards. I stepped on the bus dressed in full Indian makeup, courtesy of my host mom, ready to take on my last day in my host city, Indore. As apart of our cultural learning in school, we prepared a dance to the Bollywood song, Nagada Sang Dhol, and two HindiRead More

Posted On September 14, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Russian

Russia Beyond the Stereotypes

With so much media coverage of the current political situation, it is no wonder that many Americans view Russia in a negative light. Movie portrayals, news segments, and cultural stereotypes all contribute to a conception of Russia that often does not hold true once setting foot in the country. NSLI-Y Russia Summer 2016 participants Kaitlyn, Anna, Ashley, and Sarah found that life in Moscow surprised them in many ways, disproving more than a few expectations. Kaitlyn: “Before departing for this trip, I expected Moscow to be an entirely different worldRead More
AFS IND Emeralds Class

Posted On August 26, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Hindi

A Snapshot of a Day in Indian High School

Two weeks into her program, NSLI-Y Hindi summer participant, Lucy, reflected on a day at her host school. During the summer Lucy attended Emerald Heights International School in Indore, India. Find Lucy’s reflection below: About half of the NSLI-Y summer students…are attending Emerald Heights International School, a remarkable institution servicing around 4,000 students, both boarders and commuters. There are 52 busses that bring in children from the reaches of sprawling Indore, and the rest just walk from their dorms across campus. The campus is beautifully maintained by many colorfully deckedRead More
Pictured is a group photo of Pictured is a round-table discussion with Secretary John B. King, Jr. and NSLI-Y participants after the round-table discussion.
On Tuesday August 9, 2016, NSLI-Y students in Nanjing travelled via train to Shanghai for a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., and other Department of Education officials. The meeting was held at the U.S. Consulate in the historic district in Shanghai, home to many embassies and historic mansions. The students were greeted by Joshua Lustig, Cultural Affairs Officer and Marina Ritseme, Vice Consul. The students were given a brief tour of the Consulate, a historic mansion, and then were seated for a discussion with theRead More