Alumni Tag

Posted On May 13, 2020By Kyle SandmannIn Russian

NSLI-Y Russian Classroom Connection Event

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI–Y) hosted a NSLI–Y Interactive Virtual Event on Tuesday, April 28 which connected U.S. exchange students who recently returned from Moldova with high school students learning Russian at the Friends School in Baltimore, USA. The NSLI–Y Russian Academic Year students shared  their experiences abroad and the insights they had into the culture and language with their peers in the U.S. through their photos, videos and presentations partially in Russian. Students participating in this event practiced their Russian listening and speaking skills through interacting with their peers who spent the better part of a year studying Russian in Moldova. The eventRead More

Posted On March 26, 2020By Kyle SandmannIn Korean

Learning Korean with NSLI-Y

On March 31 at 6:00 PM ET, NSLI-Y Korean Academic Year alumni came together to share Korean language learning strategies and resources for on-program and beyond. NSLI-Y alumni who have just completed their Academic Year program in South Korea presented about different language learning strategies: community engagement, blogs and vlogs, research projects, extracurricular activities, personal tips and strategies, plans for continued study, host families etc. Meet the speakers: Aaryanna has an interest in studying about different languages and cultures. After gaining a major interest in Korean culture, customs, and unique writingRead More

Posted On February 19, 2020By Kyle SandmannIn Arabic, Global

Learning About Alumni Careers and Making Connections

Diana is from Chicago, IL and participated in the 2017 Arabic Summer program in Morocco. I participated in the Career Connections: Seminar for U.S. Exchange Alumni in Austin, Texas. The conference gathered 80 “U.S. alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs with expert career coaches, professionals from diverse fields, and international leaders” (alumni.state.gov) to network and learn how to leverage our international experiences to propel professionally. As an alumna of the NSLIY and YES Abroad programs, I have noticed a large portion of students that studied abroad on the NSLI-Y andRead More

Posted On January 8, 2020By Ligaya BeebeIn Korean

Once a NSLI-Yan Always a NSLI-Yan

Diogene is from Brooklyn, New York and participated in the 2017 Korean Summer Program in South Korea.  He is also a member of the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Abroad) Committee. Over the summer, I was boarding a plane to a continent unknown to me. Although I spoke some of the language, I was not yet fluent, and my intention for the coming weeks was to practice it, while immersing myself in the culture. I made playlists with songs I knew I was going to listen to as I walkedRead More

Posted On January 6, 2020By Ligaya BeebeIn Korean

Reconnecting: Discussions with My Host Family

Tobi is from Houston, Texas and participated in the 2017 Korean Summer Program in South Korea.  She is also a member of the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Abroad) Committee. After my time in Seoul two years ago, I made it a goal to keep in touch with my host family. They cheered me on throughout junior year and celebrated with me when I got accepted into Yale as well. I received many cute pictures of my younger host siblings. We would constantly send messages and pictures back and forthRead More

Posted On December 10, 2019By Kyle SandmannIn Korean

NSLI-Y Broken Down: The Ultimate Guide for Beginners in Korea

Claire is from Atlanta, GA and participated in the 2019 Korean Summer Program in South Korea. 안녕하세요! 저는 클레어 입니다! 작년 여름에 전주시에서 한국어를 공부했어요. The day I received the notification from NSLI-Y about my acceptance to study Korean in Jeonju, I distinctly remember the wave of emotions that overwhelmed me as I sat, stunned, at my kitchen table. Not only was it a mixture of shock, excitement, and accomplishment, there was also a very distinguishable feeling that I had not expected: fear. Indeed, I was fearful of the experience.Read More

Posted On December 4, 2019By Kyle SandmannIn Russian

Crashing Chisinau: My Summer in Moldova

AJ is from Elk River, MN and participated in the Russian Summer Program 2019 in Moldova.  AJ has always enjoyed learning about languages and linguistics. The first non-native language he learned was American Sign Language. He acquired this skill at the young age of five or six. As he got older, his interests shifted more to verbal languages. He studied French at an immersion school, picked up Hebrew at Shabbat services, and developed a taste for Soviet classics and Italian rap, among other examples. AJ went on to explore theRead More
Pablo Gutierrez’s music teacher gave him his first introduction to Chinese language and culture. To further this interest, he attended Mandarin Startalk summer language learning programs two years in a row. It was through StarTalk that he also learned about NSLI-Y and decided to apply. He participated in the 2016-2017 academic year program in Taiwan. Pablo was first struck by how different things were in Taiwan. From humorous things like garbage trucks playing whimsical music to more challenging aspects such as standing out as a foreigner, there was much toRead More

Posted On November 20, 2019By Ligaya BeebeIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Rewarding Challenges: Natalie in China

Natalie Johnson was raised in Milwaukee. As a child, she developed an interest in East Asia through her passion for anime. During her junior year of high school, she took a Global History class that covered modern Chinese history, which sparked a specific interest in China and a desire to experience it firsthand. At this time, she learned about NSLI-Y through her older sister. Her dreams came true when she participated in the summer 2014 and academic year 2015-16 programs in China. Her NSLI-Y experiences were rewarding, but also challenging.Read More

Posted On November 19, 2019By Ligaya BeebeIn Arabic

Bringing Down Barriers: Nicholas in Morocco

Nicholas Wade’s future changed unexpectedly when he met a Foreign Service Officer at a career fair during his freshman year of high school. She described to him the life and work of a Foreign Service Officer; he immediately became interested in the career. When he asked what languages would be most important to learn, he was told that Arabic was in high demand. The officer also told him about the NSLI-Y scholarship to study less commonly taught languages. Because of that conversation, he began studying Arabic on his own afterRead More