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Scholar Stories


Life Lessons from Uganda

Published 11/04/2022 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Roy Kim | 11/04/2022

Being the only non-Ugandan in my entire community, I learned what it meant to look and feel different. Being invited into Salim’s, Kimani’s, and Simon’s homes showed me that I was welcome in a foreign country.


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Womanhood in Morocco

Published 11/04/2022 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Soniya Gurung | 11/04/2022

Geographically, Morocco is located in North Africa and has a Muslim majority population; hence, it begged the question of how the neighboring countries are also influencing the country’s treatment of women.



Life in Ho Chi Minh

Published 11/06/2022 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Jamie Kim | 11/06/2022

I found living in Ho Chi Minh a great experience. The locals were always nice and helpful, even if my questions resorted to pointing to a bad Google translation. Since Ho Chi Minh was much bigger than I had thought, there was always something to do, to eat, to see, to learn.



Reflections from Abroad

Published 11/06/2022 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Joyce Wu | 11/06/2022

Although my time in China was cut short, my experience abroad in a country that seemed so foreign to me just a couple months ago has inspired me to pursue interests in urban planning. From pursuing further studies in urban planning, I hope to gain a more globalized perspective on the idea of community and how it relates to the physical organization of land.


Thai Youth Returning Home Performance

Thai Youth Returning Home

Published 11/06/2022 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Justin Hogenauer | 11/06/2022

My overall trip to Thailand this summer [2019] was short but incredibly eye-opening as it gave me a special opportunity to become more in hone my Thai culture. It taught me to think as a global citizen and reminded me to value my unique story and where my family comes from. This experience allowed me to interact with other young minds and engage in a supportive setting that encouraged me to discover and advance my interests at a global level.


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Diving Deeper into Life in China

Published 11/06/2022 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Karen Li | 11/06/2022

I was able to deeply immerse myself in Chinese culture, recognize the joys of communicating in a language that has taken me over ten years to learn, and form friendships with people from all corners of the world that I know will last a lifetime. I am sincerely thankful for Milken for funding a part of this trip.



A Glimpse Into Japan's Past

Published 11/06/2022 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Kofi Bulluck | 11/06/2022

The class taught me to avoid generalizations and monolithic perspectives of Japan, as Tokyo quickly came into stark contrast not only to rural Japan but also to other major cities in the nation. Through living in the city with a host family and having opportunities to explore Tokyo in addition to Hiroshima and Kyoto



Public Speaking for A Globalized World

Published 11/05/2022 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Namra Zulfiqar | 11/05/2022

In Summer 2019, I worked with the Yale International Relations Association and Pegasus-Alpha Partners Education on a cultural exchange program. Through the Model United Nations Education program in the Yale International Relations Association, we partnered with a local organization to teach middle school students from throughout China Model U.N. skills.



Researching Economic Development through Access to Finance

Published 11/06/2022 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Namra Zulfiqar | 11/06/2022

Living in the U.S., I, as well as many of my peers, see other countries, especially those outside of North America and Europe as extremely foreign, cultures that are almost incompatible with our own. Spending two months not simply attending a study abroad program, but working and living as an adult in a country that seemed worlds away from my own made me realize how alike we all are to one another regardless of the thousands of miles and arbitrary borders that separate us from one another.



Unmasking American Exceptionalism

Published 11/07/2022 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Haeeun (Blessing) Jee | 11/07/2022

After the mid-March breakout of COVID-19 in Spain and my rushed, multi-layover, 23-hour journey back to the United States, I did not know when I would again be on an airplane. And yet, in the beginning of August [2020], I was on my way to South Korea, seated one seat away from the next passenger. While the risks of traveling are significant during these uncertain times, my grandfather was very sick and my family was unsure of the next time we would get to see him, so we made the decision to visit.