"Because of GIA, my life will never be the same! During those two weeks I found a greater sense of myself as an artist, but even more importantly of myself as a person. It was incredible to be surrounded by the people I have always wanted to be with-- a passionate, inspiring, and welcoming group of artists who I could relate to and who have changed my life. There is a community at GIA that you cannot find anywhere else, and even when we returned back home after the two weeks were over, the knowledge, confidence, and sense of community I gained at GIA have NEVER left me. Everything from playing soccer under the trees after dark, singing together in morning chorus, watching the nightly artist series, and waving my flag in the 4th of July Samba Parade are all memories I still hold with me today! As a result of this experience, I have never been so passionate about life itself, and I've learned what it really means to be inspired."