Have you ever heard the phrase “Big expectations lead to disappointment”? Well with GLP this wasn’t true, from the very beginning I was extremely excited to be part of the leadership exchange program and I was expecting to have an amazing summer surrounded of incredible people. With that being said, this program ended up surpassing any expectation I could have possibly had.
Every day was a new adventure that was completely different from my life in Mexico or the experience I had when I lived in Spain. During this intensive program, we took a course in New Venture Planning where we developed our business ideas while hearing from experts and entrepreneurs. I was also given the opportunity to do an internship at Lawson Hammock in HQ: Raleigh, this is a coworking space full of entrepreneurs, change makers, visionaries and professionals, one of them was Wes Johnson, whom is a great person to know and i had the pleasure to work for.
One of the greatest benefits of GLP was the opportunity to make new friends from different countries. The diverse allowed everyone to bring something unique and special to the group. From being strangers with different personalities to getting incredibly close after living, studying, dancing, partying and sharing this entire experience together, I can gladly say I won a new family and I hope we stay in touch forever.
Another reason this program is amazing, is because Ryan (Program Coordinator) was always there for us, making sure everything was going great and helping us if we needed it. After all, Ryan es amiga!
This program was a life changing experience, I can genuinely say it was one of the best experiences of my life and I’d do it again.
Sonia Leal, Universidad de Monterray
Raleigh Program July 2016