Amy: Final Post

It is only three weeks since I stood outside Calhoun College gates excited for what I had in front of me. Now, I have just pasted through the gates for my travel home to Norway.

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When you live together with other people for three weeks, you quickly build strong friendships. You are together with your friends all the time. During meals three times a day, classes and other activities on campus. Leaving Calhoun College and saying goodbye to the people I have got to know the last couple of weeks was very sad and difficult.
I must honestly say that I wish my program lasted longer than three weeks because I would have loved to stay longer, because of all of the wonderful people around me.

My teachers have been amazing. All of them have been passionate about what they are teaching and they are all very inspiring. The first classes everybody had every morning was reading and writing, and speaking and listening. In my reading and writing course we focused on writing our college application essay, which I found very beneficial. In my speaking and listening class we had presentations and my teacher Mr.Cat always prepared amusing activities for us during class. We often worked together in groups, which made class even more fun.

Two other classes we had during the afternoons was critical thinking and academic coaching. Critical thinking was a great class, because I learned a lot you usually do not learn during high school because it is not an optional class. I also found my academic coaching class being very beneficial because of the good guidance we got according to the list of schools we wanted to apply to and our application form. Later during the day all of the students were offered to attend one or more elective classes. My electives were, the magic of short stories and SAT prep. All of the classes were different, however they all had in common that they prepared us for applying for college and the teachers could not have been better.

Thursday night we had a lovely farewell reception in Woolsey Hall in the president’s room. It was a nice way of ending these wonderful weeks. Everyone took many pictures and we were given our certificates.

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At last, I want to say that I could not have been happier about the course I have attended at Yale. I want to thank all of the amazing people that I have been surrounded by the last three weeks. It has been incredible meeting all of you, and I hope that I will see many of you again. I have learned a great deal from my classes, however I have learned a lot about different cultures from all of my international friends. I wish you all the best of luck for the future.

Thank You!

Amy:

I know I stated this after my first week, but now that two weeks soon has passed, I cant believe how quickly they have gone past!

Last Saturday I together with many other students from Yale, went on a daytrip to Boston. This was my first time there and I was amazed over how beautiful the city was. We went to the museum of fine arts and later we walked to the harbour and a shopping mall called per. The weather was lovely and sunny on Saturday so I would call it a very successful trip.

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On Wednesday, everyone in my University prep course went to Providence to visit Brown University. I must say that it is an amazing opportunity to actually visit different universities and meet students who are attending the different schools. Brown has a beautiful campus with many old traditions. The school is located close to the city of Providence, which has many galleries, shops and restaurants.

I am so lucky to be spending these three weeks with fantastic students from all over the world, so I would like you to meet two students who are attending the same course as me.

 

Dio: My Electives

This summer I’m taking 4 elective classes: Idiomatic Expression, Business Games, Academic Coaching and Pronunciation. I’m going to tell you about my summer experience. The classes are awesome & the teachers are amusing. They teach with their own style, which are all different from each other.

Business Games

The teacher for this class is Kirk T. Hughes. The most interesting part of this class is playing the games. Every class I feel so excited. The Ball game, Business simulation, vowel dance, and Interviewing is some of the subjects in this class. This class teaches us how to build our interpersonal and communication skills in the business field, beyond analyses of cost and benefits.

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 Idiomatic Expression

My teacher Susan Weldon, She is a nice person. I like the way when she is teaching, such as role play on the stage. I have learned a lot of new vocabulary, especially in American idiomatic. I practice it in the class with my friends and also the teachers will correct our wrong pronunciation. In my opinion, this class is important because I try to understand the meaning of each idiomatic expression, which lots of people in America use idioms in their daily activity.

Pronunciation

Actually, I didn’t take the pronunciation class before one of my teachers suggested me to take the pronunciation class because my speaking is fast and hard to understand. I decided to take evening pronunciation class. And the teacher is Kelly Nedwick, she is also my teacher in Academic Coaching. I miss two pronunciation class in the beginning of program. After asking to enter the pronunciation class, she immediately give me the response and attach the homework which I have to do. It was surprised, because the deadline is on the same day she reply my email. What a wonderful world. This is not summer break for me, this is my summer work!  I’m studying a lot at Yale. The pronunciation class is so nice and relaxed with her humor.

The class is teaching me how to sound like American, particularly in northeast American style. The first class I learn how to pronounce P,T,K with voiceless sound and B,D,G with voiced sound. We learn also how to pronounce TH in the right way and the past verb “ed”. I found a lot of my own mistakes on this subject. I think the class is quite important for me.

Academic Coaching

Academic coaching class guides us to the further education, especially in graduate program. Kelly teaches us what we should do to prepare our graduate application in United States, preparing essays and trying to solve the GRE and GMAT test. She gives us advice from her academic experience and what should we consider for our academic career. The class helps to prepare our application for a graduate program.

Amy: First Impressions

It is hard to believe that I have already been at Yale for a week!

When I arrived at Calhoun College on Saturday I must admit that I was a little nervous. The nervous feelings quickly disappeared when I opened the door to my dorm and met my American roommate, Lauren. She showed me around the campus and I met a lot of new people! I was quickly amazed by the area around the campus and all the beautiful buildings!

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My course started on Monday where I met all my fellow students who also were attending the University prep course. We are a group of students from Sweden, Germany, Monaco, France, Kazakhstan, Italy, Venezuela and many other countries. We have become a great group and I find it really interesting sharing and learning about the different cultures and traditions!

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Since we are in a university prep course we are going to visit different universities every week. This Thursday we went to the University of Connecticut. We were split up into groups and toured around the very large campus accompanied by the local students. It was very interesting looking around the school and very informative regarding the school’s offering.  It was also very inspiring to talk to the students about what they liked most about their school.

After this University visit, we went to the Yale Outdoor Education Center for a barbecue. When we arrived back, everyone was so hungry that we rushed out of the buses to the dinner awaiting us.  Even though it was raining and the temperature was a lot lower than usual, we had a lovely time! The brave ones even went for a swim in the lake, which was actually pretty warm compared to the air temperature.

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When you are staying at Yale, there is always something going on. There are many different activities organized on campus such as Ping-Pong tournaments, movie nights, trips to the mall, trips to the beach and many more! There are also many great places around the campus where you can go and eat or just enjoy a dessert. During the weekends we do not have any classes, so tomorrow I am going to Boston which I am very excited about! My first week here has been just amazing. The course, the campus and all the friendly people here have really made an impression and I am really looking forward to my next two weeks! :)

Maria: New Haven, New York & Boston!

It’s Thursday morning. My alarm rings at 7am. Uh, I don’t like Thursday morning. Do you want to know why? There is a place in New Haven called Black Bear, and they organize a Karaoke  every Wednesday night. As you can imagine, both Law and Business students are very talented singers so we cannot skip this ! And when I say “we”, I mean about twenty people (sometimes even more).

There are a lot of things to do while you are at Yale.  Actually I don’t believe I will have enough time to do everything that I’ve planned. The city is full with young people from all over the world mainly because of the school.  Many nice restaurants, clubs, clothing stores and museums are located in Downtown New Haven.  You just need to choose! Here is another interesting thing. The lollipop and the corkscrew were invented here!  Also, the first hamburger! You could still go and get one! Now how cool is that?

It is worth mentioning the fact that New York City is an hour and a half away. Boston is two hours and a half away. Yale is organizing different trips every weekend so you could never get bored. We spent our second weekend in NYC watching the Yankees baseball game and wandering in Manhattan all day long.  The last train to New Haven leaves at midnight.

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Last weekend was reserved for our Boston trip. Back Bay, Newbury Street, Prudential  Center, Boston Common Park, The Freedom Trail…yes, we experienced all of it. For me Boston is so beautiful and sophisticated, that it always reminds me of Europe so I kind of feel at home. Unfortunately one weekend is not enough time to have enough fun and to do all the homework.  On Sunday you could see many worried faces in the residential college. In the end we always manage it somehow.

You know this sweet pain when something amazing is happening in your life but you know it will come to an end soon? This is the way I feel every time when I count how many days we have left until the end of the program.

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Wayne- Summing it Up!

It has been two weeks since my program at Yale ended. I’ve thought long about how this concluding blog post would read. But the fact remains that there’s only so much I can convey in the prescribed word limit and this post will only offer a glimmer of what actually transpired in the five weeks I was at Yale. In my previous post, I spoke about how we spent our time out of class and how we fully soaked in all the many experiences Yale, New Haven and New York offered. In this final post, I’d like to highlight the academic experience of my summer program.

Listed under American Studies, Contemporary Visual Culture in the Americas was one of my two classes at Yale. I believed this class would enhance the Advertising major I’m pursuing back home; however, the fact that I would be studying Art History over the summer gave me cold feet shortly before this class could begin. But, Dr. Enrique Tamés put me at ease in the very first class. Every class of his was as enriching as was entertaining. He constantly strived to ensure we understood each concept clearly and illustrated with many diverse examples along the way. I think it was because of his spontaneity that I looked forward to each class with a lot of enthusiasm. I’ve always maintained that Dr. Tamés was more dynamic than probably all of his young students put together! For my final paper, I explored trends that indicated the resurgence of the Pop Art movement in the Indian subcontinent. I can’t thank Prof. Tamés enough for being an absolutely wonderful and resourceful guide along the way!

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My other class, Screenwriting, a Film Studies class was taken by Prof. Marc Lapadula. A cheery man, Prof. Lapadula has in the past, taught the likes of Scott Neustadter who went on to write (500) Days of Summer, one of my favorite films! In fact, as a part of my coursework, I also wrote coverage for this film. I couldn’t have been gladder as I immersed myself wholly into this remarkable screenplay. Prof. Lapadula familiarized us with industry conventions and nuances through the course of the five weeks which aided me in completing a short screenplay of my own. The last few sessions saw each student screenplay being ‘workshopped’; a process which calls on others present to analyze and critique the same. This helped each of us identify the weak points of our scripts and guided us in delivering a stronger script.

Yale provides for an invigorating and stimulating academic environment. Every class pushes you to deliver your very best.  At Yale, I’ve met not only some of the most fun people but also some of the most focused and driven people. The study sessions at the Bass Library or at the libraries of Calhoun or Morse ended up being extremely productive, especially because of the various resources that were made accessible. Towards the end, as we neared our submission deadlines, all-nighters seemed like a regular feature as several of us sat together whether in the libraries or common rooms to pore over our study material. But even that in itself was a fun experience which also saw us bonding over buttery food and night walks when a break from hours of study was much-needed. Yale, at night, has a unique charm of its own. Under moonlight, it dons on quite a different avatar. Lounging on the lawns, engaging in conversation under the starlit sky also made for memories.

When I look back, I miss all of it. The friends I made, the classes I took, residing at Calhoun, dining at Morse. I can’t fathom how quickly time flew by, I simply cannot. While I was at Yale, I was constantly asked if I felt homesick. Truth be told, the one and only time I felt sick was on the last day when it finally struck me how quickly the five weeks had ended and it was time to leave. It was all too surreal; if only I could snap my fingers to relive what was one of my most rewarding experiences so far, I would.

Dio: Yale & New Haven

I’m staying at Ezra Stiles College. What I felt when I arrived at Ezra Stiles college for the first time was really stunning. The college  is pretty beautiful and feels safe. The room is cozy and there is living room inside is comfortable. It is easy to find the library and laundry in this college. Yale provide their students with excellent residence colleges to stay!

The dining hall provides the foods for student three times each day. We can choose some from the 3 dinning hall which is provided for summer program, at Ezra Stiles College, Calhoun College or Morse College.  When we finished our morning class, we can choose the closer dinning hall to have lunch.

The Library is magnificent, so huge and marvelous architecture. I felt so comfortable inside to do  some homework, even though I spent a long time in there.

The campus environment is conducive for students to study. The class room in Yale university is similar with the seminar room, less than 10 person per each class. some bigger classes has less than 14 person. I enjoy the class because it felt like  discussion class. and also I enjoy looking out at the buildings in Yale University. Some of these iconic buildings are Harkness Tower, the residence colleges, and the Yale Law School.  They are pretty beautiful.

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Studying at Yale University this summer is the best decision I ever made, the English courses which I am taking is taught by humorous and incredible teachers. ELI Program which I’m taking this summer has a morning class and afternoon classes. I took some elective classes for my afternoon class in academic coaching, business game, and idiomatic expression class. The classes are so fun and exciting, I don’t want to miss a class!

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How is New Haven? I like the atmosphere of  New Haven, a little city with a developed transportation facilities, not so quiet but so convenient to live. New Haven is the second largest city in Connecticut. Yale University is exactly placed in the downtown area of New Haven. Lots of a restaurants, small shops, bookstores, and shopping outlets are around the city. And also Connecticut is close to other states, such as New York and  Massachusetts. Just spent less than two hour to New York by car or metro train and about 3-4 hours to Boston.  What  a cozy city it is!