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.

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New Alumni Insights (NAI) is a subsection of New Semantics Volume 2 with creative pieces about language learning written by twelve NSLI-Y Alumni. NAI aims to foster continued passion for language-learning and cross-cultural dialogue, post NSLI-Y.

Check out the Volume 2 of New Semantics featuring NSLI-Y Alumni Insights here!

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Vanessa is a graduating senior of Livingston High School’s Class of 2019 in Livingston, NJ. She is a language enthusiast as a NSLI-Y Summer 2018 Tajikistan (Persian) Alumna and represented the USA at the 2017 International Linguistics Olympiad. Vanessa likes to write -- in addition to being Founder/Editor of New Semantics, she is Co-Editor-in-Chief of her school’s Inner Voices Literary Magazine.

In her downtime, Vanessa likes to do Pilates, dabble in Japanese, bake with her sister, and watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Vanessa plans to study Linguistics and Computer Science at Harvard University starting Fall 2019.