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Julia Zhou, Participant

Hello! My name is Julia Zhou and I’m from Herndon, Virginia, a suburb of DC. I’ve lived all along the east coast, plus a brief stint with my grandparents in Nanjing. My grandparents, not knowing English, were very adamant that I grow up......Read More



Benjamin Small, Participant

Hi! My name is Ben Small. I’m from West Hartford, Connecticut. I’ve studied Chinese for quite a few years, but I’m really looking forward to learning more and to being immersed in all of the tradition and history China has in store.  I’m......Read More



Saumya Malik, Participant

Hi! My name is Saumya Malik, and I am from Princeton, New Jersey. I have lived here my whole life, but most of my extended family lives in India. I  visit them fairly often and have in the process developed a strong Indian identity. I really......Read More


first post/introduction

Chris Johnston, Participant

Hello! I’m Chris Johnston and I’m from Atlanta, Georgia. While I’ve already had the great opportunity to explore unique parts of the world, having lived in a rather isolated part of the country my whole life, I’ve been......Read More



Svetlana Johnson, Participant

Hi there! My name is Svetlana Johnson and I am super excited to be going on this amazing journey with all of you. My family is originally from the West Indies, but we moved to the US when I was four, so I’ve spent most of my life in South......Read More


¡Soy Jackson!

Jackson Lehner, Participant

Hey Everyone! My name is Jackson Lehner, and I’m so so excited for our adventure to come! I was born in Florida but have spent most of my life in Chapel Hill, NC. I love living in Chapel Hill and met many amazing friends who shaped my......Read More


Hey, it’s me

Sabien Taylor, Participant

Hello! My name is Sabien Taylor (pronounced like you’re Say-ing Bien in Spanish). I was born in Okinawa, Japan, an island near the south end of the country. I can speak Japanese at a conversational level. I belong to a military family, so I have......Read More



Emma Mohrmann, Participant

Hello! My name is Emma Mohrmann and I am from St. Louis, Missouri! I love running, hiking, and basically anything active or outside. I am also very passionate about art and photography and enjoy how they provide the opportunity to tell a story in a......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year China 2019-20


Mindful Use of Electronic Devices – Please...

Bridge Year China Team, Instructor

Hello Bridge Year China students! This post is about smartphones and electronic devices and how we want to use them during our time together. For many of us, our devices are practically an extension of ourselves…we sleep with them next to us, they......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year Bolivia 2019-20


Greetings from Tiquipaya!

Pedro Rodriguez, Participant

Hola amig@s! Greetings from Tiquipaya, Bolivia, my home and a place that you will soon call home as well. My name is Pedro Rodríguez García, and as the On Site Director of the Princeton Novogratz – Bridge Year Bolivia program I will be......Read More



Jacqueline Lydon, Participant

Hi everyone! I’m Jacqueline. Pictured above is me the way I expect you’ll get to know me: wearing two backpacks and smiling in the rain. Here’s a bit about me: I’m originally from Pittsburgh, PA, but I’ve lived most of......Read More



Alison Parish, Participant

Bonjour! My name is Alison Parish. I was born on the small island of Jamaica, West Indies. Since immigrating to the United States at the age of four, I have lived in the Bronx, New York. Having grown up in the bustling metropolis of New York City, I......Read More



Maddie Lausted, Participant

Hi everyone! My name is Maddie (short for Madeleine), and I’m from Seattle, Washington, where I’ve lived my whole life. I’m so excited to be a part of Bridge Year Senegal, and to meet everyone from the program, Princeton, and Senegal! I have a......Read More