Wednesday, August 29, 2012

NSLI-Y Applications 2013-2014

(This is for everyone out there who is waiting for the NSLI-Y app for this year, and getting ready to apply for their grand adventure. I figured you guys are already scouring the internet for NSLI-Y posts, anxiously awaiting the release of the application).

Dear New Applicants,
Welcome to the family! And that's really what NSLI-Y is - regardless of what year, program, duration, or language you went on, or want to go on, it's a big family, united by this one goal of wanting to study a weird language.

I'm assuming you guys are all anxious about applying for NSLI-Y, and all that you've heard about it being competitive and all, but don't let that scare you. It's an amazing program - just remember that, instead of the statistics. If you're truly excited about the learning opportunity that NSLI-Y is, and let that come through on the application, you have a good chance of actually getting that opportunity.

First of all, we have a Facebook group for applicants - ignore the name it's for people from any year, not just 2012-2013. It's not even all applicants anymore, as we made it last year, so a lot of the members are now alumni. But there are still a lot of new applicants, and alumni applying for a second (or third) time around. It's a pretty great resource to find out about the specific programs from alumni, and get help with the application from people who have been through it successfully. I know that there's always NSLI-Y on ExchangesConnect, and, which has a NSLI-Y thread, but I honestly think that our  Facebook group has more active members, and more alumni from the different programs than anywhere else. Have a question? Someone will probably answer it within ten minutes. Plus, we're fun people to talk to about your excitement for NSLI-Y when people at school and home are sick of hearing about it! :)

Second of all, good luck. I'm not applying for NSLI-Y this year, but I wish I could again. Going to Jordan for the summer was literally life-changing, and I really wish that everyone could have such an amazing experience as that. My one piece of advice? Be confident in yourself, and if you do get the chance to go, never say no to anything - you don't want to miss out on something amazing just because you were tired, or didn't feel like it. Say yes to things, smile, keep an open mind and an open heart, and I promise, you'll fall in love with wherever you get the chance to go.

Good luck! Join the Facebook group, and get ready for when the application comes out!

PS. Even if you don't wind up getting accepted, you're still part of the family. It's a family of being interested in foreign languages and cultures, and we don't have rejection letters. That's a state department thing, and if we could get rid of those, believe me, in this family? We would :)

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