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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
In 2009, Patrick Deem spent an academic year in Egypt on the NSLI-Y program. His interest in the Middle East grew from a combination of factors. Patrick’s grandfather was Egyptian, but he never had the chance to meet him as his mother was adopted. This aspect of his heritage had always intrigued him. He also saw many conflicting news stories about the region and wanted to experience it for himself. He was initially surprised both by how different and similar the U.S. and Egypt were. For example, there were shoppingRead More
Morgan pictured with her friend surrounded by foliage in a greenhouse.

Posted On October 18, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Russian

Building a Support Community Abroad: Morgan in Moldova

Morgan Batiste-Simms, of Missouri, TX, attends a Global Studies Academy at William P. Clements High School. When a speaker presented on NSLI-Y at her school, Morgan was instantly excited. She applied with Russian as her first preference because she had always been interested in Russian history and culture. She had also studied Latin and Greek in school and wanted a new challenge. She chose to apply for an academic year because she wanted more time to learn the language and to better understand her goals for the future. She wasRead More