NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the first Virtual Event of the 2017-2018 Academic Year on Saturday, September 30. The event featured four NSLI-Y alumni who shared how NSLI-Y has impacted their lives and what they are up to now. If you were not able to attend the live event, we invite you to watch the recording!

Prospective NSLI-Y students, the NSLI-Y application is now open and the deadline to apply for 2018-2019 programs is November 2, 2017 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time. Click here to watch the Q&A.

Introducing the speakers for the virtual event:

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Alisa is an alumna of the Chinese summer 2016 program in Zhuhai and is currently on the Academic Year program in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Alisa is also the current Alumni Representative for the Great Lakes- Detroit region. She enjoys reading, hockey, snowboarding and hiking, and her favorite Asian cuisines are baozi (包子) and mango milk ice (芒果牛奶冰). This is Alisa's fifth year studying Mandarin, and she will continue her studies at Reed College next fall. Click here to watch Alisa's presentation.

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Emma is an alumna of the NSLI-Y Summer 2016 program in Seoul, South Korea. She is currently a senior at Lemont High School in IL, and she serves as an Alumni Representative for Virtual Engagement. She is currently independently studying Korean in her free time and is taking an online class on Mandarin Chinese (Traditional) at a local university. She hopes to continue her language studies with formal classes in college. She can sum up her NSLI-Y experience in three words: challenging, empowering, and rewarding. Click here to watch Emma's presentation.

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Andy is a current sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Andy is an alumnus of the Summer 2015 program in Hangzhou, China and serves as the Alumni Representative to the Philadelphia area. In his free-time, he enjoys bubble tea tastings, eccentric desserts, and city rooftops. Andy has spent 8 years studying Mandarin Chinese and continues to do so in college. His favorite memory from his time abroad with NSLI-Y is the beauty of Hangzhou and exotic night-market snacks he (voluntarily) tasted. Click here to watch Andy's presentation.

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Katy is a senior legal assistant for Her Justice, a nonprofit that provides free immigration legal services to victims of domestic violence in New York City. She participated in the NSLI-Y Arabic program for the spring semester of 2010 in Cairo, Egypt. As a graduate of LIU Global, she has studied abroad in Taiwan, Thailand, India, Turkey, China and Costa Rica, focusing on comparing issues of gender-based violence and migration. She is a former intern of iEARN-USA and a former NSLI-Y Alumni representative for Virtual Engagement. Click here to watch Katy's presentation.