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Yale Young Global Scholars: Worth the Hype?

Hey folks, I’ve been looking into summer programs and came across the Yale Young Global Scholars. Heard it's prestigious, but can anyone tell me about their personal experiences or benefits from participating? Trying to figure out if it's worth the investment.

7 months ago

Hello! Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) can indeed be a fantastic experience if you're interested in broadening your academic horizons and meeting likeminded students from around the world. Participants often report that the program offered them a taste of college life, networking opportunities, and insights into a particular field of study, which can be quite invigorating for a high school student.

It's an intense academic enrichment that allows you to explore a specific subject area, like politics, economics, or biomedical science, through lectures, seminars, and group projects. This can be highly beneficial when you choose an area that aligns with your academic interests or potential college major.

From an admissions standpoint, while participation in YYGS shows initiative and can be a valuable addition to your extracurricular profile, it's also crucial to keep in mind that just attending a prestigious program won't 'make' your application.

Colleges are looking more for how you engage with opportunities and what you gain from them. For instance, if you can leverage your YYGS experience into a long-term project or initiative, or it sparks a clear passion you then pursue further, that can make quite the compelling narrative on your applications.

Always weigh the cost against these potential benefits, especially as YYGS comes with a hefty price tag. If you do decide to participate, make sure you're doing it for the experience and learning, not just the name.

7 months ago

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