1. You will be sleep-deprived. Due to the rigorous selection process, all the delegates that you will interact with are exceptionally talented individuals with inspiring and uplifting life stories (myself excluded – I’m not even sure why I was selected). I only slept 4 hours every day during the workshop, but I still didn’t have enough time to get to know and learn from these amazing people.
2. You will have to work on a tight schedule. Every day is packed with activities that push the delegates to their limits. Not only will your knowledge and skills be put to the test, but you will also have to do things that are out of your comfort zone. In my case, it was dancing in front of a lot of people. I’m not one for dancing in bars or nightclubs; in fact, I have never done that in my life, but these people made me feel safe and comfortable enough to bust out my silly moves, and I actually had the best time of my life dancing with them.
3. Saying goodbye will be difficult as you’re going to form meaningful friendships during the program. We shared about our work and passions, stayed up late working on our pitch, had deep conversations about life, love, and marriage (I was even nominated as the head of the relationship council in Hanoi. I know right?) and of course, travelled and experienced the beautiful city of Hanoi together.
If you’re not deterred by the above reasons, congratulations, you’re definitely YSEALI material. Go apply and become a part of this amazing family.