Li Dives Into New Journey In Peace Corps

Sept. 16, 2010

PLEASANTON, Calif. – Recent 2010 graduate of Georgia Tech, Jing Li will embark on another exciting adventure in her life when she crosses through 10 time zones and flies halfway around the world to teach English education in Ukraine as a newly inducted Peace Corps Volunteer.

Li, a successful swimmer at Tech from 2006-2010 who’s name can be found six times in the Tech record book, was influenced to join the corps by a study abroad trip to Singapore and China in the summer before her senior year.

“Studying abroad in Singapore and China last summer taught me the importance of increasing cultural awareness for people from all different cultures around the world,” explained Li. “A number of the people I met had never interacted with an American before. Many were surprised to learn that I was an American simply due to my appearance.”

The industrial and systems engineering major and public policy minor is a great fit for the Peace Corps according to her former coach Courtney Shealy Hart.

“Jing is and always has been a people person and loves to help those around her. This is an exciting opportunity for her to continue using her charitable nature in such a thrilling way.”

Li is one of over 20 people from the San Francisco Regional Recruitment Office to recently head out on a new journey overseas.

“During my service in Ukraine, I may be the first American that some people have the chance to meet,” continued Li. “So I will strive to reflect the diversity of America by expanding knowledge and awareness of the many different cultures represented in the United States.”

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