About Me

My name is Mikaela Boelkins. I am in the class of 2021 at Southeast High School in Bradenton, FL., where I am a candidate for the IB diploma. Thanks to the generosity of a U.S. State Department initiative, I received a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship to study Arabic in Rabat, Morocco during the summer of 2019. My experience was truly extraordinary and my intent with this website is to share my reflections with others who may be interested in pursuing a NSLI-Y scholarship in the future.