"I'm a shy person who isn't the most social. I've always kept things bottled up because I was afraid of being discouraged or put down by my voice. I'm not the most talkative person, but GIA made me feel so accepted and I still didn't speak a lot. The atmosphere made me comfortable and for the first time in my life I decided to share my poetry with everyone. I'll never forget when I read my poem in front of all 130 people and everyone stood up clapping. It was one of the most life changing moments of my life. Today I still don't talk a lot, but thanks to GIA I feel comfortable about my thoughts, ideas, and writing, and that has given me the much needed confidence I have needed to keep changing as a person. GIA is such a great experience and I hope all of the future students who attend have a life changing experience like I did."