It’s Friday night and I leave for Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) on Monday. This past week has been incredibly busy. In addition to cramming last minute Arabic vocabulary, choosing host family gifts, and packing my luggage, I was lucky to spend this week doing one of my favorite things: volunteering with refugees. Every summer, Interfaith Action … Continue reading A Rewarding Last Week in Austin… T-3 Days until my NSLI-Y Adventure!
After your semifinalist notification, the interview is one of the most important and most exciting components of the journey to being a NSLI-Y finalist! In this post, I wanted to talk about what I did to prepare for my interview, how the actual interview went, and give some tips about the overall process. (Warning: this … Continue reading Part Two: NSLI-Y Interview
Unlike most of my posts, this blogpost is meant mainly for prospective NSLI-Y students. When I was applying to NSLI-Y, one thing that really helped was reading through blogs giving application advice. I have been meaning to write a post on this for a while, but I never really got around to it. Now, with … Continue reading Part One: Applying to NSLI-Y
With the first week of summer underway, I find myself sitting in a cozy log cabin overlooking a gurgling stream. We are on a week long family vacation at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. The nature here is absolutely beautiful, and the best thing, in my opinion, is the abundance of snow up in … Continue reading Arabic, Snow, and the First Week of Summer Vacation!