Svetlana Johnson '24

Title
Admission Ambassador

Novogratz Bridge Year Program, China

I’m Svetlana Johnson (she/her/hers) and I was born in the West Indies but grew up in South Florida. I have always been curious and excited to learn about the world and different cultures and was excited for the opportunity to broaden my perspectives through the Bridge Year Program.  I spent most of my Bridge Year in Kunming, China, and later in Yilan, Taiwan, in response to growing pandemic concerns.  I spent my time in China volunteering at Luokemi, where I helped plan lessons and assist with classes for children with developmental disabilities. While in Taiwan, I worked at the Neicheng Community Center, where I assisted with classes for the local elderly community. For me, Bridge Year was an important period of growth, challenge, and exploration. Now that I am at Princeton, I plan to major in Economics and I am currently involved with Matriculate and Princeton's Caribbean Connection.

Bio/Description

What did you learn through your participation in Bridge Year?
Bridge Year pushed me both physically and emotionally, and those moments taught me a lot about what my limits actually are and how I can approach moments of difficulty on both a personal and interpersonal level.

What was the best part of Bridge Year for you?
The best part of Bridge Year for me would have to be the people that I met. Even though your language skills may be limited, there is still a lot of potential for developing strong relationships while on Bridge Year, and those relationships are a key part of what makes Bridge Year a great experience.
 

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