I chose GLS because I knew the program would allow me to study abroad (aka EAT), learn a language, and write a thesis. I didn't realize I would become conversational in Mandarin Chinese, take graduate level classes, receive $3000 to take photographs, and speak in front of crowds as big as 1500 people. If there was ever an opportunity for growth, GLS provided it.
After graduating I became a coordinator for HealthCorps, Dr. Oz's not-for-profit that aims to create a healthier generation by working in high schools. In my role I have applied for grants, run healthy cooking classes, planned school wide health fairs, taught sexual education classes, and mentored students in everything from healthy relationships to pregnancy, and college and job applications to the food stamps system.
In five years of not-for-profit work, I have learned one overarching lesson: For long term change, one must affect public policy. In the fall I will be moving to Washington, D.C. to study International Human Rights law at American University Washington College of Law. My ultimate goal is to defend victims of human rights abuses by changing and enforcing international law abroad, with a focus on women and victims of human trafficking.