GTL Newsletter #36

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“Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

GTL General Updates

This Week –
  • Add our new GTL Discord account — GlobalTalentLink#2183 
  • Linker Maya will be hosting orientations this week for THREE new Linkers!! Get ready to meet our new team members.
  • Linkers Steven and Zhengyang have been working together to make our website the best it can be. Thanks!
  • Our GTLinkers are continuing to work on our Growth Companion program to make it as interactive and comprehensive as possible. Great effort!
  • Linkers Jerson and Yukta have been working together to rehaul our social media and Linkedin platforms.
  • Linker Samantha will be starting her first ever Learner Sprint with a Learner. Congrats and good luck!
  • Linkers will have a trial run of our Growth Map Co-design this week.
  • Mental Health Awareness! Linkers Annie and Rebecca are passionate about mental health and have created a mental health-related newsletter! 
  • The GTL Newsletter is looking for submissions!!
    • Send in blog posts, activities you’re involved in, poetry, art, interesting articles, cool opportunities; etc. Reply to this email with your ideas.  
  • LEARNERS—We’d love to hear from you about your experience with any GTL services you’ve been a part of! Respond to this email with anything you’d like to share ?
  • Monthly GTL Community Events — keep a lookout for monthly programming and events for Learners, Linkers, and the greater GTL community!!
    • Have suggestions or ideas about events you’d like to see? Let us know by responding to this email. 

Last Week – 

  • Linkers Lava, Rebecca, and Chantal rehauled the Growth Companion proposal in preparation for a trial run session with a volunteer Learner and the help of many other Linkers. What a beautiful team effort!
  • Linkers Rebecca and Chantal greeted a new Learner last Friday!

GTL Growth Companion
Services Highlight

Learner Sprint

Achieve your personal and academic goals through GTL’s Learner Sprint Program!Remote and affordable, the Learner Sprint Program is designed to foster long-lasting results in a condensed time frame by narrowing down your areas of improvement.

With your learning companion, you will be another step closer to success!

Click on the picture or the hyperlink for more information! 

GTL Linker Spotlight:
Mentor Moments

~ Linker Jerson Chune Garcia ~


I was very nervous when I got my first job in the United States because the position was Math/Stats tutor at a community college. So, it meant that I would have to help others with their homework and prepare them for quizzes and exams. At that time, my English was not the best and I was really nervous about speaking in public. I got even more nervous because I had to teach others. I used to ask myself, “what if they don’t understand me?”

But I was very fortunate to have two wonderful people as supervisors who taught me to be more confident and to see the position as a win-win. I would gain more English skills by talking to my tutees, and they would learn Math and Stats from me. My supervisors showed a lot of support by hearing me out and giving me enough resources to be successful, to the point that I became one of the tutors who received the highest number of students every semester. I learned from them how to be more confident and how to be a good listener, which is a very important skill a mentor or leader should have.

National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentor Month! To honor our mentors, we will highlight people in history and our personal lives who have been crucial in our development as well as how we can continue the legacy of great mentorship.

Why Books are the Greatest Mentors  

by Zachary Walston 

“Our perspectives and learning are
limited by the amount we read.”

Reading Provides Perspective
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. “ — William Styron If we rely solely on our experiences and interactions to develop personally and professionally, we will be limited to our perspective and the number of interactions we can cram into a day. Reading provides us the opportunity to gain external perspectives and insights. We are able to draw on the experience of others to expand our viewpoint and influence our mindset.

Some of the best “mentoring” I have ever received is through books. The most prominent mentors in my life include Daniel Kahneman, Jordan Ellenburg, Marcus Aurelius, Viktor Frankl, and Stephen King. Even fictional characters, whose minds we enter and feel a part of, can influence our future thinking.

Books allow us to slow down, receive information through the lens of the author, and immediately compare that mindset to other authors and our personal experiences. Reading expands our viewpoints, our beliefs, and our knowledge. It allows us to sample a variety of topics and tailor learning to our unique circumstances and style.

“A parent or a teacher has only his lifetime; a good book can teach forever.” — Louis L’Amour 
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