I am originally French but have lived the majority of my life in the Netherlands. Before YAR, I had not
been to the USA or participated in a residency program.
I did not find the transition challenging in any negative ways, except the currency change. It was all
really exciting and I really enjoyed the American culture. I left with expectations beyond fulfilled.
The airport pick up (where YAR Staff meet students traveling alone at Boston's Logan Airport on
Move-In Day) was definitely really helpful and made me feel welcomed in the USA. I would say that
the activity of decorating our room doors made me and my roommate communicate and, as a result
click faster, which was nice.
I learned that I felt at home being around American people and, through the traveling experience, I
learned I was more independent that I believed I was.
My YAR experience convinced me that I wanted to study in the US rather than the UK and that fine
art could be a possibility for a degree.
Definitely meeting all the people I met, experiencing the culture and the food. Because it has made me
want to go back and live there next year. Study wise, I was really happy to get insight into different
drawing techniques and the base of human anatomy, as well as art history.
I would just like to say that this experience is so beneficial in many ways and I really recommend it to
anyone who is interesting in doing an art degree!
Another piece of advice I would like to share is about 'Art History' class...it ended up being my
favorite subject, we were brought out to galleries and museums every time we had class, and were
able to explore Boston through this as well. It was never boring and we were allowed to express our
views and opinions on the art while being challenged by the views of others. It was great and it really
gave me a new insight of some fine art work and lots of new inspiration!
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