Last Monday, Global Studies students had the chance to attend an address at Roanoke College by Jon Huntsman, Jr., former Governor of Utah and Ambassador to China.
The reflection below was written and submitted by Jane Ward ’16, a Global Studies student.
My favorite part about the speech was how Mr. Huntsman did not talk solely about politics; he made the speech interesting through adding personal stories about his life. My favorite was a story about an interaction Mr. Huntsman, as an eleven year old, had with Henry Kissinger and how that experience came back to him later in life. He had carried Kissinger's bags to his car, and Kissinger let Mr. Huntsman in on a secret–he was going to China.
After the speech, I spoke briefly with Mr. Huntsman about my interest in a program at the University of Pennsylvania involving business and foreign relations called the Huntsman Program. We then talked about my visit to China coming up this spring break. Dr. Proctor joined our conversation, adding in how North Cross has a school in China, where Huntsman lived for many years. It was amazing speaking with Mr. Huntsman. Even though I am only a 17-year-old in high school with no clue as to where I will be next year, he listened to what I had to say with the utmost respect, just as he had with the adults who had spoken with him before me. I am excited to have more experiences like this throughout the rest of the year, thanks to the Global Studies program. I hope each student takes advantage of each of these opportunities!
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