“The Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) is a summer academic enrichment and leadership program that brings together outstanding high school students from around the world for intensive two-week sessions on Yale’s campus in New Haven and the Yale Center Beijing in China.” MST senior Kaitlin Beel participated in this past summer’s Beijing cohort of the YYGS. The mission of the program is to “empower the next generation of leaders by building a global community and designing interdisciplinary programs that foster intellectual curiosity, deepen understanding, and inspire creative action across all borders.”
According to Beel, she gained much from the opportunity, but it was subtle realizations gleaned from her trip that had the most profound impact on her outlook. “Being able to meet people, a bunch of teenagers (who can quote vines) who are really a lot like me, from around the world and yet be so similar was probably the best part for me. People will stick with you, and they teach you so much more than the lectures and seminars ever can … I think everyone needs to realize that we are all really similar, and it’s easier to listen to and learn from someone you know is a lot like you.”
Congrats, Kaitlin, on your transformative summer learning experience!