Student Reflections Tag

Posted On November 26, 2019By Kyle SandmannIn Chinese (Mandarin)

My Experience in China / 我在中国的经历

Shivam is from Saratoga, CA and participated in the Chinese Summer program 2019 in China. As exciting as the prospect of studying abroad for an extended period of time is, there also many questions, concerns and worries. What food will I get to I eat? Will I get along well with my host family? Will I make friends? Will it be hard to learn the language? Questions like these tend to dominate one’s mind before embarking on a life-changing journey such as this one, at least for me they did.Read More
International Education Week (IEW) – a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education – is a national effort to promote programs that prepare youth with 21st century skills in today’s globalized world and to attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange life experiences with Americans while sending American students to various countries abroad to study languages and build cultural ties.  IEW provides students and alumni on exchange programs such as NSLI-Y with the opportunity to share their culture and experiencesRead More
Pierce at a Pagoda in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Posted On November 7, 2019By Kyle SandmannIn Chinese (Mandarin)

My Best Advice: Worry vs. Reality

Pierce is from Virginia Beach, VA and participated in the 2019 Chinese summer program in Taiwan. The best advice I got before spending the summer in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, was from the handbook I received pre-program. It implored me to “expect everything to be much harder than you think it will be. Even basic daily tasks, like ordering food, are more difficult when done in an unfamiliar language and place.” At the time, this worried me. Had I gotten myself into something that I couldn’t handle? Was I in over myRead More
Gilda in traditional Korean dress

Posted On October 31, 2019By Meike FaberIn Korean

What I Learned Studying Abroad

Gilda is from Mastic, NY and participated in the 2018 Korean summer program in South Korea.  Having the opportunity to study abroad is a real blessing for anyone who loves to learn foreign languages and cultures. I studied in China as an exchange student when I was in elementary school, and the experience was so positive that I wanted to study abroad again. I found out about the NSLI-Y program when I was 13 and was immediately attracted to the idea of a program offering full immersion. NSLI-Y was a longRead More
Turkish and Persian Virtual Alumni Event
On Monday, October 21 at 8pm ET, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted a Turkish and Persian Alumni Virtual Event! This event featured four alumni speakers from the NSLI-Y Turkish and Persian programs, who presented on why they chose their NSLI-Y languages, what they gained from their program experiences, and what daily life on a NSLI-Y program looks like. The alumni also shared advice they had for prospective students applying for NSLI-Y – don’t forget, the application deadline is on October 30! Attendees were able to connect virtually with the speakers and askRead More
Hassane in Taiwan

Posted On September 26, 2019By Meike FaberIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Being a Superhero Abroad

Hassane is from Westchester, NY and participated in the 2019 Summer Chinese program in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Not all superheroes wear capes. Myself along with the fellow Taiwan participants didn’t wear super suits or costumes. Yet, we had superpowers abroad. When I first applied and earned acceptance to NSLI-Y, I had many expectations. I believed I would study Mandarin Chinese and immerse myself in Taiwanese culture. But, I not only left the island with a sense of Taiwanese life but also a realization of my own identity. I’m not a typical personRead More
Maryam in Russia

Posted On August 20, 2019By Meike FaberIn Russian

From до свидания to new friendships

Maryam is from Mankato, MN and participated in the 2019 Summer Russian program in Russia. Русский язык очень трудно. Russian is very difficult. Whenever I tell people I am learning Russian, this is usually their first response, including Russian people themselves. I knew about the difficulty of learning Russian going into NSLI-y Russian Summer program as a complete beginner, but this fact became apparent for the first time when I started the first Mango Languages lesson a few weeks prior to departure. When applying to NSLI-y the only Russian wordRead More
New Semantics: Student Language Magazine
Vanessa is an alumna of the 2018 Summer NSLI-Y Persian program in Tajikistan and editor of New Semantics, a language blog-magazine. Vanessa recently organized the virtual event, NSLI-Y Alumni Insights (NAI) in collaboration with New Semantics.  New Semantics, is a blog-magazine that showcases student creative work and expert interviews, highlighting student passion for language and culture. Contributors have studied 16+ languages altogether, hailing from Kentucky to the United Arab Emirates. New Semantics thus illustrates the multitude of perspectives in our diverse world, joining them in this forum for cross-cultural dialogue. New Alumni Insights (NAI) isRead More
Chance and friends

Posted On June 14, 2019By Meike FaberIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Foreigners from a Foreigner’s View

Chance is from Missoula, MT and participated in the NSLI-Y Chinese Academic Year 2018-2019 program in Taiwan. The first week I spent in Taiwan, I hardly saw any other foreigners. It seemed like our NSLI-Y group were the only ones around. Unexpectedly, the Taiwanese didn’t take as much of an interest in us. From my short experience in Mainland China, it wasn’t uncommon to feel like you are constantly being stared at.  Especially in tourist areas,  people from rural China can be found traveling and a foreigner becomes the center ofRead More
Shelby with her NSLI-Y friends

Posted On May 28, 2019By Meike FaberIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Being a NSLI-Yian

Chelby is from Frankfort, Illinois and participated in the 2018-2019 NSLI-Y Chinese Academic Year program in Taiwan. Being a NSLI-Y student is extremely bold. It’s bold and awkward and sometimes even comical. With each language gain, there is accidentally asking a grocery store clerk for a “stomach” in Chinese instead of a “bag”. With every connection with friends and family in your new country, there is joining your school’s Beatbox Acapella Club as the only African-American member and being thanked for your race’s contribution to Hip-Hop. And veiled behind everyRead More