Alumni Tag

Grace in front of the famous temple at Petra, Jordan

Posted On July 31, 2020By Kyle SandmannIn Arabic

Potatoes and Tahini

Grace is from Meridian, ID and an alumna of the 2019 Arabic summer program in Amman, Jordan. I grew up in Meridian, Idaho, where I had limited exposure to other cultures, religions, and ethnic groups. In my geographic bubble, the only information I ever received about the Middle East was from the lens of 9/11 or what I heard my family members discussing at the dining room table. For the longest time, I didn’t even know Arabic was a language. However, since beginning my Arabic learning process five years ago inRead More
Zachary takes a winter selfie while hiking on a mountain in Seoul

Posted On July 24, 2020By Kyle SandmannIn Korean

Historical Perspectives and Studying Abroad

Zachary is from Portland, OR and an alumnus of the Korean AY 2019-20 program in Seoul, South Korea. 안녕하십니까? 저는 한국에서 유학했던 재커리 램지라고 합니다. 2019년 9월부터 2020년 2월까지 서울에서 한국어를 공부하고자 고등학교를 다니며 홈스테이 가족과 살았습니다. 예전 NSLI-Y 한국어 동창들의 경험에 비해 올해 유학했던 학생들의 시간은 짧지만 특별했습니다. NSLI-Y 프로그램에 참가하고 한국 유학을 결정한 것을 한번도 후회하지 않았습니다. 우리 프로그램을 체험한 후, 느끼고 배운바를 조언하겠습니다. Hello, I’m Zachary, and I studied in Korea with NSLI-Y. From September 2019 to February 2020, I went to high school and lived with aRead More
Sam talking to children during a group activity
Sam O’Brien is an alumnus of the 2018 Indonesian Summer program in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Sam O’Brien was a participant on the inaugural NSLI-Y Indonesian program in the summer of 2018. Last summer, 2019, Sam traveled back to Jakarta, Indonesia, after he received a grant to intern with the Strategic Review, an Indonesian foreign affairs journal. The Strategic Review is a foreign policy journal that seeks to give an international platform to Indonesia’s top academics, government officials, and businesspeople. During his internship, Sam was responsible for social media rollouts and webRead More
Emma by the ocean in Rabat, Morocco

Posted On June 26, 2020By Kyle SandmannIn Arabic

Unexpected Bonding with my Host Family

Emma is from Lakewood, CO and an alumna of the Arabic AY 2019-20 program in Rabat, Morocco.  Integrating into a new family can be difficult. I remember the first few days of living with my host family in Rabat, Morocco being stressful as I was trying so hard not to “mess up” or do something embarrassing while also desperately trying to build a relationship with the family I was going to live with for up to nine months. There was a lot going on during my first week in Morocco: aRead More

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