Tell us about yourself!
1. What are you doing now?
2. Where are you living?
3. Are you a university student? Where? What are you studying?
4. Are you working? What is your job?
5. Did you get married? Do you have children?
6. Are you in touch with other GLI graduates or your homestay family?
We still care about you – please contact us to say “hello” and tell us what you are doing these days. We would love to hear from you!
Qianyu Zhang, also known as Brittany, comes from China. She studied at GLI from August 2012 to April 2013, and just graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in May of 2017.
"I will start my graduate school in University of Nebraska, Lincoln with full scholarship. I will continue my studies in Economics. What I remember most about GLI is the "English Only" rule in the classrooms and all the great teachers."
"I think one advice that I would give people who want to learn English is to try as much as possible to talk in English with anyone around you. The best way to learn a language is always practicing."
We were delighted to have a visit from Nick Ivanov - a GLI student from back in 2014. Nick and his wife had a baby at that time, and Nick says, "the baby isn't a baby anymore!" Nick will graduate from Southwest Minnesota State University in two semesters with a degree in computer science. He just stopped by to say hi and "thank you for all the knowledge!" Thank you, Nick! It was wonderful to see you. We are always happy to see members of the GLI family. If you're in the area, please drop in. We'd love to see you!
We were delighted to have a visit from our former student Francisco from Brazil, who came to visit along with his wife and parents. Francisco studied at GLI ten years ago, and it was so nice to see him again.Thank you for coming to see us!
We were delighted to see our former student Abdullah recently when he came in to visit. Abdullah is a sophomore at MN State Mankato where he's studying aviation management. Thanks for coming in, Abdullah. It was great to see you!
Fidelina Xinico comes from Guatemala, and is currently a junior majoring in International Business at Augsburg. She studied at GLI from September 2014 to May 2015.
"What I remember the most about GLI is the environment because everybody supports one another. When you are at GLI you have the opportunity to learn about different cultures while you are learning a new language."
"Learning a new language sometimes may feel difficult, but you can make it a fun experience. Nobody is perfect, So Just learn from your mistakes and never give up."
Sandy Kurniawan comes from Indonesia and studied at GLI back in 2012. He now lives in Melbourne, Australia where he is studying for his Bachelor of Hospitality Management at Holmesglen, and also working as the social media manger at Pepper Lunch Australia, one of the biggest fast food chains from Japan.
He remembers the teachers, friends and homework at GLI very well , and his advice for anybody learning English is, "English is not just a language. The more you practice the quicker you will learn. Try to practice it every day, even if it is just for a short time every day because English will always stay fresh in your mind and you’ll be able to remember things much easier. How to practice? Surround Yourself with the Language, Reading, Listening and Writing. I believe that you can do it. Good Luck!"
Catalina González comes from Santiago, Chile, where she works in a university as research assistant in a laboratory of Evolutionary Ecology. She studied at GLI from December 2011 to February 2012.
"I have a lot of good memories of my time at GLI. The classes were very well organized and the teachers were amazing. I particularly remember Manuela. I felt a very special connection with her."
"Learning a new language could be exhausting and overwhelming. My advice to those people who want to learn a new language is that it is never too late and it is better and easier to do it in a country where that language is spoken."
Gisella Arias-Olson comes from Costa Rica, and now lives in Eagan, MN. She works as a Mental Health Case Manager, and she's pursuing a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
"I studied at GLI from September 2014 to November 2015, and what I most remember from GLI is the warm environment. The teachers and the administrative staff are committed to students and their learning. GLI gave me not just the tools to master English language but it also gave me a future, they gave me confidence in myself."'
Gisella's advice to anybody learning English is, "be on time, do your homework, ask questions, believe in yourself and dream big, you can do it!"
Chikako Onishi lives in Tokyo, Japan where her job is translating English to Japanese and Japanese to English for Contract Research Organization. Chikako studied at GLI in 2001 and 2002.
"I remember my teachers were nice. They always smiled and talked to me all that time. Manuela's classes were tough but I have learned a lot. I also remember my friends. Because they comes from different countries, they have different opinions, and that was very fun to listen to.
"When you want to learn English, it is better to talk to people who are from different cultures. It is fun to learn other cultures. Do not talk to people who speak the same language unless you speak English LOL! One more thing, people should enjoy themselves while in the USA."
Daisuke Ishizuka comes from Hokkaido in Japan, and studied at GLI back in 2012. He now lives in Tokyo where he works as a chef called an "Itamae", cooking traditional Japanese food. His goal is to open his own restaurant.
"I remember giving presentations in class at GLI!! It was super super fun!! Don't be stressed! just have fun! Teachers know you can't do perfectly. Just do it!! P.S. Do a lot of preparation!"
"My advice about learning English is watch Sesame Street, write a diary using English. If you get new vocabulary in GLI, please try to use it in a diary. If you are old enough, go to a bar just because. You will see."
Changueon Lee comes from South Korea and is currently living in Seoul.
"I'm in my first year of grad school, majoring in Quantitative Marketing at Seoul National University. I studied at GLI from September 2012 to May 2013 for improving my English level and experiencing U.S. culture. What I like most about GLI was to write an essay about any topic I like and get help from great instructors. I sometimes had challenging times, but it all became an asset for my career."
"The decision I made to study at GLI was the best choice in my life. Whatever makes you hesitant, cut it off and leave it behind you. GLI will warmly welcome you!!"
Antonio comes from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and studied at GLI between 2008 and 2011.
"I still live in Minnetonka, Minnesota. I am going to Nursing school, and I am just finishing my pre-requisite at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. This Spring, I am graduating with my AA degree Associates of Art degree. I am working at a nursing home in Bloomington and I just love it! I work as a CNA, certified nursing assistant."
"What I remember most about GLI is the culture: that is, do your homework, speak English only and have fun learning. My advice is, never, never, never give up! It is hard but if you work hard, you will succeed. I hope that is helpful!"
Lisa Silva comes from Brazil, and now lives in Minneapolis where she is taking a break from studying after finishing her MBA in Engineering. Lisa studied at GLI from May to November 2016.
"The first thing I remember about GLI is Mary's smile and hugs. GLI is a second home for a student. This is a very good experience. If you want to learn English, GLI is an excellent choice. The teachers have a big patience and knowledge. And in the school, speak English only please!"
Seong Hee Park
Seong hee studied at GLI in 2006-2007, and again in 2008. She lives now in Apple Valley, Minnesota, where she works as a Dental Tecnician. When she thinks about her time at GLI, she remembers her teachers most.
"I remember Matt's class. When I was in GLI first, Matt gave me some papers. I always took the paper with my two hands, and he said, Seong Hee has a very good attitude. I said, in my country, we have to do that because we should respect the teacher all the time. I respect him very much. He helped me a lot to speak English well. I never forget him. Thanks a lot. Second, David's class, he always makes students happy, laughing. And I love Manuela. She teaches me very strictly but I like that. Also, some days, she bowed to me in a Korean way, and I answered like that too."
Seong Hee's advice for anyone learning English is, "Speak English! Don't be shy!"
Andres Perez comes from Colombia, and now lives here in St. Paul. He studied at GLI from August 2012 to April 2013.
"I graduated from college last year (business management), and I'm currently working in sales. What I remember most about GLI is my friends and all of the lovely people!"
Andres' advice to anyone learning English is, "Practice what you learn, and follow the "English only" rule. It really helps. In life, you could accomplish anything as long as you set your mind to it."
Mubarak now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and studied at GLI from May 2015 to November 2016.
"I am a graduate student at Georgia State University, studying Global Hospitality Management. I can't forget anything from my best experience ever at GLI. I remember that it is the best place to learn many things besides English as a second language. Many skills I learned from the faculty. However, the most interesting day at GLI was when we celebrated St. Patrick's Day. That was very awesome actually because I have never heard of it before, so I needed to read about it."
Mubarak's advice to anyone who wants to learn English is, "Stay away as much as you can from somebody who is from your country or who speaks your mother language! You need to use the opportunity of being at GLI smartly. Hence, you need to talk to new people either inside or outside GLI. Also, you should live with an American homestay family in order to practice even more when you finish your day at GLI. The most important advice to you is to focus with teachers, do your homework, sign your name for tutoring, and sign your name for activities. Then I promise you that your English will be perfect shortly, and you can pursue your dreams in the future!!"
Rodrigo Quintaros, Brazil
Rodrigo Quintaros is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He studied at GLI for three months between February and April 2015.
"I now live in Vitoria, in the State of Espirito Santo, in the southeast of Brazil. Search Google - it's a beautiful city! I am a lawyer and I am studying for a Master's degree in Civil Procedure. What I remember about GLI is...the entire GLI team, they are excellent and I really miss everyone."
"My advice to curent GLI students is, pay attention to the classes, do not waste this precious time. Enjoy to make new friends, they will last forever! Enjoy the free time to meet the Twin Cities, you will surprise yourself, they are beautiful!"
We were delighted to have a visit yesterday from Sultan Almisfer, a GLI graduate from 2012. Sultan has just graduated from the University of Wisconsin Superior, majoring in Criminal Justice. We know he's going to have a great future, and we wish him great success! Graduates, if you're ever in the area, please drop in. We love seeing our former students!
It was wonderful to see Riri Umezaki, a student from Seinan Gakuin University in Japan, who studied at GLI in 2013. She was on her way back to Japan and dropped by to say hello. We were very happy to see you again, Riri!
We were so happy to see two of our former students recently! Shiori is a student at Seinan Gakuin University in Japan, who studied at GLI last summer. John is an MBA student at Metro State University, who studied in our Intensive English Program. Shiori and John met in class last summer and became friends. It was wonderful to see you both! Thanks for visiting!
Faisal and Loka - GLI graduates from 2013 - stopped by to say hello. Both are now studying at the University of Wisconsin Stout, and both are doing very well! Faisal's major is Manufacturing Engineering, and Loka is studying Information Technology Management. Thanks for coming in to see us!
Abdulelah, who graduated from GLI in June 2014, dropped by to say hello recently. He is currently studying at University of Wisconsin - Stout and doing very well! Great to see you Abdulelah!
We were very happy to see Gloria Xinico Morales, who dropped by recently. After graduating from GLI, Gloria got her undergraduate degree from Augsburg, majoring in International Communications and Women's Studies with a minor in Political Science. She graduated in 2012, after which she did internships with the Saint Paul Police Department and Augsburg's Global Communications Office, and is now applying to grad school in Minnesota. Another wonderful GLI graduate, and we are very happy that Gloria's sister Fidelina is now following in her footsteps and studying at GLI! Good luck with grad school, Gloria, and thanks for stopping by!
Duke Lu has just graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in HR Management. After some Summer classes in NYU, he will be returning to China to take up a new and exciting position. We wish him the greatest success in his career!
A couple of former students dropped in to say hi last week. Rami is a Junior at Minnesota State University,Mankato, where he is an accounting major. Suilaman is also a junior at Mankato, and his major is engineering. Great to see you, guys!
Antonio Pereira is studying nursing at Normandale College.
ChiaChen "Jenny" Kuo, GLI student from 2005-6. Currently working in accounting in Taiwan.
Nhi Phan is from Vietnam, and she graduated from GLI in 2008. She's a Senior at the College of St. Catherine here in St. Paul and she's interning at Ortner & Bofferding LLC with plans to attend Law School in the future.
Ei, a graduate from many years ago, stopped by to visit.