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#HumansOfOISS . “I was born in South Korea, but even though I am a citizen of the country I haven’t lived there or grown up there. I did that in the Philippines, actually. So my background is really a hodgepodge of “living away from home”. At Yale, I’m currently a second-year grad student at the Divinity School, so the name of my degree is actually “Master of Divinity”, which is pretty funny. Since I need to read primary texts, I’ve been studying ancient Greek and Hebrew—in addition to speaking English, Korean, and Tagalog. . I would only go back during summers, feeling more estranged than ever. My Korean is not fluent, and people gave me weird looks when they realised that. It was like they didn’t question my racial identity, but they did doubt my cultural identity and linguistic ability. I had to pretend to be someone I wasn’t. Korea felt like a vacation, not like home. . Now, at the Yale Divinity School, my research interests lie in understanding the intersection of disability studies and the ancient world: understanding how human bodies were constructed in classical Greece and Rome. In the Bible, I’ve found some fascinating passages about cases of both physical and psychological disability. It’s fundamentally changed the way I view my friendships, especially with my friend John, whom I met at school in the Philippines, and who is deaf. If anything, I’ve truly grasped how the value of a human is not limited—and should never be limited—to whatever disability they might have, but instead about the worth of who they are as a person. To many people who go through disabilities, their circumstances become their identity, and we need to recognise that. . [Continued]…
#HumansOfOISS . “The most beautiful things about Yale are all the people you meet. When I arrived on campus for the Orientation for International Students (OIS), I was sad to see my mom leave. It suddenly hit me that I was 2 oceans away from everything I knew to be familiar, and everyone I loved. I was now in a new place where I’m just another face—another student in a class. I started to feel small and invisible. At Yale though, since you have access to all these different spaces, I learned the importance of actively choosing the people you surround yourself with. You start chatting with the people next you in lecture halls. You run into familiar faces from OIS. I made great friends. It took me about one year to feel I was “more than just a face”, but now, as a junior, I feel I have a place here both intellectually and socially.” . — Jemimah Orevaoghene, Yale College ’19 #HumansOfOISS . #Yale @YaleOISS (Office of International Students and Scholars) #YaleOISS #YaleInternational #internationalstudents #studentlife . This project was created by the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). Valentina Wakeman was this semester’s project coordinator.
#HumansOfOISS . “I was born in London, but spent my childhood in São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Puerto Rico, and Miami before coming to Yale. My upbringing was both composed and defined by change. The only constants were the three other people living through it all with me. As a result, I am completed by my family, and am nothing without them. My brother is the centre of my life, my mom is my best friend, and my dad is my hero. Having each other was the only source of solid ground—especially when we felt most alone. . My parents have always put my brother and I first, without exception, and without question. I don’t know if I have ever seen that kind of love in other people, or how I can repay them for that. . Moving around wasn’t easy, but I can’t be more grateful for having lived so much in such little time. It’s fundamentally and irrevocably framed the way I see the world around me, and what I want to do with my life. I hope I can one day go back to Latin America and do my part to make it a better place. It is a region with such beautiful people, and such potential, that it bothers me when I see kids on the television feeling ‘hungry for water’, or that my mother has already lived through 4 economic crises. These are problems the majority of people face worldwide, but Latin America is my home. And I need to protect it. . On my first day at Yale, my mom left me a little note on my bed. I remember sitting down in my new common room, opening the note, and just crying. I think it was just the first time that I processed I felt a complete departure from my childhood. My roommate thought I was crazy (it’s ok though, we’re best friends now). I actually still have the note. I read it when I get homesick. . Yale is my family, and my home now. I have found mentors wiser than I could have imagined, even though they are only one or two years older than me. I love dancing around to music (especially deep house, honestly I enjoy that to an absurd degree) with people who make me better every day. I don’t know. I just really think there is so much to be happy about.” . — Valentina Wakeman, Yale College ’20, writer for this semester’s #HumansOfOISS series [Continued]
#HumansOfOISS . Students come to Yale from all around the world. Some come to campus for the very first time when they start classes in the fall. Each person’s journey is different. Each person’s journey is personal. The following Instagram posts are stories shared last year for a project created by the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). Valentina Wakeman was the project coordinator last semester for this endeavor. She’s also featured in the first post. . For more information about OISS visit their web site: [ oiss.yale.edu ] . #Yale @YaleOISS #YaleOISS #YaleInternational #internationalstudents #studentlife
RIP @KofiAnnan 1938-2018. Kofi Annan’s message to students during his visit in 2013: “It’s your world now.” #Yale @Yaleafrica
RIP Aretha Franklin. Yale recognized her with an honorary Doctor of Music degree in 2010: “We know royalty when we see it, and you are, without question, the Queen of Soul.”
Alexander Calder's Gallows and Lollipops (1960) is now on view in the Wurtele Sculpture Garden behind the Yale Art Gallery's 1953 Louis Kahn building. This beloved sculpture has been relocated from Yale's @beineckelibrary plaza until construction on the new Schwarzman Center is complete. We are delighted to have it grace the garden until 2020 and invite you to enjoy it in its new home. Behind and to the left of #gallowsandlollipops is Erin Shirreff's Sculpture for Snow (2011). . © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York . #Yale (Video: @Yaleartgallery ) @calderfoundation #alexandercalder #mobilesculpture #outdoorsculpture #sculpturegarden #wurtelesculpturegarden #yaleartmuseums #louiskahn #erinshirreff #artinmotion #summerinnewhaven @yaleschoolofart @yalearchitecture @haasartslibrary
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies student Kimi Zamuda (MESc 2019) spent her summer photographing the wildlife of Yale Myers Forest. . By placing trap triggered cameras across the experimental ecosystem she was able to identify the ranges, habitats and presence of many of New England’s most iconic furry friends in our forest. . #Yale (Photo: @YaleFES ) 🦊📸 #forest #nature #environment #wildlife #photography @kimi_zamuda #NewEngland
Nursing students picking vegetables at the Yale Landscape Lab as part of the “Nutrition that Heals” course. . #Yale (@YaleNursing ) #yalewestcampus #nutrition #yalemed #yalegsas #yalefaculty
Epongue Ekille (@ekilleepongue ), violinist and rising sophomore, was part of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America this summer. With conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, she performed at Carnegie Hall and toured throughout Asia. Here she is with two incoming Yale first-years from the orchestra, Brian Isaacs (violinist) and Jonathan Jalbert (clarinetist). . #Yale (Photo: @YaleSymphony ) @mtilsonthomas #orchestra #violin #viola #cello #bass #flute #harp #oboe #clarinet #bassoon #horn #trumpet #trombone #tuba #percussion #keyboard #piano #conducting #timpani #classicalmusic #strings #winds #brass #carnegiehall
In a few short weeks these chairs in Iseman Theater will be filled with the incoming Class of 2021, technical interns, and special students for orientation. . #Yale (Photo: @YaleSchoolofDrama ) #theater
Yale alumni couple win Young Architects Competition at MoMA PS1 . Creative partners Jennifer Newsom ’01 BA, ’05 M.Arch. and Tom Carruthers ’05 M.Arch. of the Minneapolis-based firm @DreamTheCombine won this year’s PS1 Young Architects Program Competition at MoMA PS1 in Queens. . The installation is called “Hide & Seek,” the outdoor environment they conceived and constructed with long-time collaborator Clayton Binkley (’99 B.A.) of ARUP and current Yale School of Architecture students, changes from day to night and moment to moment. Giant hanging mirrors, an expansive metal hammock, an elevated runway, and overhead mist and lights both reflect and distort the urban setting and the people inhabiting it. . “Hide & Seek” is on display until Sept. 3 at MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, Queens. Find more details at the MoMA website. . #Yale (Photos: @dreamthecombine ) @yalearchitecture #momaps1 #yalearchitecture #yalealumni #art #museums #kineticsculpture #kineticart #dreamthecombine
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