#KelleyGBI2016 – Reflections from a Cultural Liaison
August 17, 2016
Post by Hannah Miller, IIB Cultural Liaison for GBI 2016
Four months ago, I was hired as a Cultural Liaison for GBI. I was excited and thought the job would be fun and engaging. I had no idea that I would make such wonderful friends. Many of you have described GBI to be life-changing, and it certainly was. Just know it was life-changing for the staff as well, and we will all cherish the relationships we built with you this summer.
July brought me incredible new experiences and knowledge. At some point, I was able to speak to each one of you individually. You told me about your dreams, families, cultures, countries, friends, and your amazing ideas to make a positive impact back home. I was constantly impressed by the strong spirit and creative mind of every GBI student.
Here are a few of my highlights:
|The true “Hoosier experience” of buying corn at the Bloomington Farmer’s Market|
|Leaving a GBI mark on the Indiana University Campus by painting the Jordan Bridge|
|Learning how to be ‘fancy’ at the Etiquette Dinner|
|Both laughing and crying at Culture Night from your beautiful, fun, and touching presentations about your countries|
|Exploring Nashville, Indiana together and eating way too much ice cream|
|Seeing your amazing work and creativity in your Final Presentations|
|Finally, the closing dinner, where we all felt pride in our countries, and in one another|
I’m already planning my trips to visit ALL of you, so expect a call from me in the future. I loved showing you my country, and can’t wait to see the beauty of yours!
Just remember that every time I yelled at you for being late or taking too many selfies, I did it out of love. I’ll see you soon, but until then, I’ll be watching to see how you change the world.
All of my love,