Updated: Nov 13, 2020
A junior at Plano Senior High School, Dominic Phillips, spent this past summer in Seoul, South Korea as part of the 2019 Korean Summer Program sponsored by NSLI-Y, a program that provides merit based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.
Phillips has been in the Junior World Affairs Council club at his school for 3 years now. When he heard about NSLI-Y from a flyer he received on International Career day, he decided to get in contact with former Plano Senior JWAC president Josh Meaders, who had spent both the summer and academic year in Moldova learning Russian. Interested, Phillips applied and was accepted into the Summer 2019 program!
When asked how the program impacted him, he replied, “Although I wanted to be one before NSLI-Y, the program has strengthened my determination to become a Foreign Service Officer for the State Department. One very important thing I gained from the experience was the confidence and know-how when it comes to learning not just Korean, but any language.”
Although he is only a junior, this hasn’t stopped him from thinking about what he’d like to pursue in college to make his dream of becoming a Foreign Service Officer a reality.
“I am not exactly sure what my dream college is, but I’ve been considering institutions in both the US and abroad,” says Phillips. “I plan on studying International Relations/Politics and Languages.”
With aspirations to go to Georgetown for graduate school, he hopes to go through the rigorous process of becoming a Foreign Service Officer in 10 years.