GLC students tell their stories
Hannah Wintucky explains what being part of the Global Leadership Center has meant to her
When I first arrived at Ohio University in the Fall of 2015, I had no idea of what path I wanted to pursue. I had been accepted into the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and knew I wanted to do something with an international focus, but other than that I was clueless to where I could go. Like most children growing up, the focus of my future changed as often as the seasons. I would want to be a lawyer one day, a detective the next, and a surgeon after that. When I moved into Washington Hall in August that year, I had no idea where the next four years would take me.
Fast forward to one of the first days of a required introductory journalism class that I took with Dr. Robert Stewart, the director of the journalism school. Before class each day, he always took time to introduce extracurricular or educational opportunities to the class. On this specific hot summer day, the topic of conversation was the Global Leadership Center, or GLC.
The GLC, according to the website, “offers a two-year undergraduate certificate that prepares students to become lifelong learners in order to serve as internationally-minded, skilled, attuned, professional and experienced leaders in all walks of life (commercial, governmental and nongovernmental, educational, etc.).” While that sounds all-encompassing, GLC is much more than an academic discipline. It’s an experience with people and places that you would never have met otherwise.
Dr. Stewart continued his talk on GLC, and spoke about how much he cared for the program. As a part of the GLC, he takes students to Cambodia in Southeast Asia to complete a consulting project. But, what also came with this GLC project was deep education and immersion into the rich history and culture of Cambodia. Dr. Stewart said how the program brought people together, from all walks of life, and turned them into lifelong friends. After the short five minute speech, I knew I had to apply. And that was the start to the most important, most fun and most educational experience I have ever had.
GLC has been more than an academic program to me. I have learned about international relations, communications, education, policy writing and theory. I have written beautiful reports to give to executives and given presentations to high-ranking businessmen around the world. But GLC is more than just education and preparation for the future. It is a family that is built over months and semesters and years of hard work. It’s international multi-country trips with your classmates and best friends. It’s late nights and backbreaking research and writing. It is also the biggest adventure I’ve gone on and the most rewarding program I’ve participated in.
If you are considering joining GLC, stop considering and just join. After two years, it may be the best decision in your life thus far, just like it was for me.