Employee Spotlight: Cory Harris
December 8, 2014
1. What is your name and job title?
Cory Harris, Residential Manager of GP’s Texas schools
2. Where have you traveled to outside of the United States?
France, England, Spain, Ireland, Poland, The Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, and Laos
3. If you had to live the rest of your life in a place that you have never lived before, where would you live?
Sweden, the people are some of the best educated, and peaceful, in the world.
4. What other languages do you speak?
5. Please describe a time when you experience culture shock in a funny way.
I would probably say having dogs in all the restaurants in Thailand. Dogs would lay down beside the table, not to beg, but just because they like laying around in the restaurant.
6. What is your family heritage?
7. What was your favorite food that you tried in another country?
Any Thai curries
8. If you could physically transport yourself to any place in the world at this moment, where would you go?
I would teleport to Greece. Not only is it warm there, I am fascinated with ancient Greek myth.
9. If you could be instantly fluent in one language that you currently do not speak, which would it be?
Latin. I could use it to get to the root of the languages derived from Latin.
10. If you could easily visit one known planet, which one would you go to?
I would go to Kepler-186f, it is the closest planet that we have found thus far that is in the habitable zone of its parent star. I would be interested to see what kind of things dwell on that planet, and how similar they are to earth creatures.
11. Why do you like working in international education?
I like mutually learning. Every person you meet teaches you something, and meeting all of these people from across the world teaches me more than any course in school.
12. What do you think is the greatest benefit of hosting a student?
The greatest benefit would be realizing the world isn’t that big. That no matter the differences, whether they are cultural, continental, or lingual; we are all human. Once you connect with someone on a human level, none of those differences matter.
13. What do you think is the biggest benefit of studying abroad?
Studying abroad opened my eyes to the world. I experienced things that brought me happiness, despair, thankfulness, envy, exhaustion, and stress. The benefit is being forced outside of your comfort zone into a foreign place. By doing this, you are expanding your comfort zone, and conquering fears. Fear is the root of hate. If you become a part of another culture, you realize that each culture is beautiful, and that there is so much to be gained and taught to you by this world of ours.
14. If you could rule any country with any celebrity, which country and what celebrity would you choose?
I would rule Thailand with Paul McCartney. Awesome food, culture, environment, and I would be with a Beatle.
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