Global Student Successes

GTI student leaders really shined this past week at NC State’s annual global storytelling competition and the North Carolina Association of International Educators’ annual student global leadership conference.

Four students who have been involved in GTI programs were selected to be among the 8 finalists who shared their personal tales at the 2016 Think & Do in 2 Global Storytelling Competition. Two students, Paola Centola and Bhavika Mittal, are at NC State as part of SKEMA Business School’s US study program. Ahmed Mashal was a graduate of GTI’s Global Leadership Institute (along with Mittal). And, freshman Sarah McConnell is an active member of the Cultural Exchange Network, although McConnell wasn’t able to present Wednesday night due to an illness.

The finalists shared their cultural perspectives and personal travel stories in 2 minutes with 6 photos. And, the live audience voted on their favorite presentations.

Kiyana Harris took home the grand prize of a $150 Amazon Gift Card for her poem entitled “Bronx to Belize.” Prizes for First Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up were awarded to Mashal and Mittal, respectively.

More information about the 2016 Think & Do in 2 Competition as well as photos from the event can be found on the NC State International Affairs Website:

ncaie-presentationGTI Leadership Council members Zana Johnson and Angela Yarn were also selected to lead a workshop at the NCAIE Student Global Leadership Conference. Their topic was “Navigating Cultural Conversations: A Critical Leadership Skill.” Several other NC State students who are part of the Cultural Exchange Network also attended the weekend conference that was hosted at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC.


We’re very proud of all the great things our students are doing. Go Wolfpack!