Light Fellows are as diverse as the student population at Yale University. Each brings a unique background and perspective, and each sees intensive language study as an important part of his or her longer-term personal or professional goals. Fellows also often recognize, as Dr. Richard Light did, that there is no substitute for "on-the-ground" experience as a path to mutual understanding. For Lights, language study in country is a means to obtain direct knowledge of a place, people, and culture. Above all, Light Fellows speak for themselves from the time they begin planning their travel and studies, through their reflective engagement abroad, upon return to campus, and on through their post-graduate work and careers.
Light Fellows define their own success and take measure of their impact in a variety of ways.