Student Reflections Tag

Picture of NSLI-Y students having a discussion

Posted On July 23, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Love of Arabic

Wafae Baghnaoui, an NSLI-Y language partner and journalism student in Rabat, Morocco created a video on the 2017-2018 NSLI-Y Academic Year program in Rabat. Students share their language learning journies and their cultural discoveries as well. We encourage you to watch these impressive scholars use their Arabic to discuss these topics and more.Read More
Alisa posing in a busy Chinese street.

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

Discovering Myself in Chengdu

Alisa is from Short Hills, NJ and participated in the 2017 China summer program. During the first week of my program in Chengdu, China, I remember hearing a thought provoking statement during our visit to the U.S. Consulate. A foreign service officer explained to us that the relations between two countries are built on people-to-people interactions, more so than exchanges between media, government, etc. I remember thinking that this concept was so simple, yet so powerful. After finishing my program, I can now say with certainty that the people-to-people interactionsRead 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
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
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
Kathryn and her group posing in TASS.

Posted On March 26, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Russian

Altering Misconceptions

Kathryn participated in the 2017 Russian summer program. Russia has fascinated me ever since I was a young child. I remember coming home from my first day of second grade and being extremely eager to tell my parents about how I learned to say “Good-bye” (До свидания) in Russian. I always knew I wanted to learn this beautiful language, but I did not realize how much studying Russian in Moscow would impact my life. I had so many incredible academic and social experiences which definitely impacted my long-term outlook asRead More
NSLI-Y Korea student Tobi and a soccer team.

Posted On March 21, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

How Soccer Changed My Time in Korea

Oluwatobi is from Houston, Texas and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. My relationship with my host family was great from the beginning. I played with my 2 younger host sisters, and I talked to my host mom frequently. However, my relationship with my host dad was a little awkward. Anytime we would run into each other, there were rushed greetings and rushed goodbyes. I am quite a shy person, and my host dad is too. We struggled to find things to connect over. It wasn’t until one ofRead More
NSLI-Y participants on the train ride to their competition.

Posted On March 14, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

台北演講比賽/Taipei Speech Competition

Scott is from Los Angeles, CA and is participating in the 2017-18 Taiwan academic year program. 台北演講比賽 下個週末11/03,我參加了今年(2017)的『台北華語演講比賽』在台北市。文藻大學的華語中心讓我們四個同學(三個是我們NSLI-Y學生:家容,晟容,和我)一起參加。我們好久時間準備我們演講的稿子。我們的老師們,輔導老師,朋友們都給我們加油,幫我們練習,等等,要不然我應該準不了了。這個比賽很有名,許多台灣很厲害的外國學生參加。我們四個同學有七十多對手。第一到十七名的學生會得到很高的獎金,最低的獎金三千台幣。 我們11/03早上6:30在高雄高鐵站集合,等7:00出發得高鐵一下。我們7:00上車,吃早餐。台灣的高鐵都很舒服,很方便。裡面有Wi-Fi,很舒服的位子,每一個人有很多空間。從高雄我們坐高鐵做兩個小時到台北,就做計程車到比賽開得地方:國父紀念館 (Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall)。這個地方很有名,裡面有很多台灣特別的東西,活動,比如說國父的銅像(tong2xiang4/bronze statue)。比賽9:00開始。我們四個同學是#23-#26參賽者,沒有很多時間。我演講的題目是『小事情大影響』,我的目的是社交媒體的缺點。我表現以前很緊張,但到了舞台的時候,說得還不錯!我準備好了。雖然我沒贏,但是我覺得這個經驗真的很讚!我認識了好多很有意思的學生,交新朋友,體驗台灣的高鐵,嘗了鰻魚,並且台北非常好玩!我認為每個人不要怕挑戰! Taipei Speech Competition On the weekend of 11/03, I participated in this year’s (2017) “Taipei Mandarin Language Speech Competition” in Taipei City. My host institution, Wenzao Foreign Language University, allowed three classmates and I–three out of the four of us were NSLI-Y students–to compete (we had also all previously participated in Wenzao’s own speech competition). We all worked really hard and spent a lotRead More
Alisa on a host family trip with Greta and Katie.

Posted On March 8, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

A Day in the Life of a Taiwan AY Student

Alisa is from Troy, Michigan and participated in the Taiwan Academic Year, 2017-2018 and Zhuhai, China Summer, 2016. 大家好!我的名字是王新菡,我現在在高雄,台灣是個NSLIY國語的學生。我在台灣住了十個星期了,所以我想介紹一下我的在台灣的生活。 Hey all! My name is Alisa and I’m currently on the Mandarin AY program in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Since I just passed the 10-week mark, I thought I’d share what my daily schedule: 早上: 我一般七點二十分起來,七點四十五分跟我阿姨在樓下見面。我的阿姨會送我去學校,因為跟她辦公室順路。第一門課九點十分才開始,所以我在外面坐著,看書,等著我的NSLI-Y同學們到。 第一門課只是我們八個nsliy同學們。我們有三個老師,她們都是文藻的學生。我們會學新的語彙,也會聯繫我們的說和聽的能力。老師們也會幫我們解答我們的華語中心課的問題。 我們的第二門課是華語中心的國語課。我們八個都上不同的班,因為我們的級不一樣。因為文藻是學外語言的大學,所以文藻的華語中心很幫,就會有很多外國人來學中文。我的課裡有印尼,日本,越南,和美國的同學。每一天老師會用課本教我們新的生詞,我們也會聯繫說,聽,和寫。我很喜歡這門課因為我的老師們教的超好,我也很喜歡我的同學們。 Morning: I wake up at 7:20, get ready, and meet my host mom downstairs at 7:45. I’m really lucky because my host mom drives me to school; on the way we chat and grab breakfast.Read 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