Welcome to my page! I'm Hannah Gorsline. Born and raised in the Quad Cities, I am now a business student at the University of Iowa where I am lucky enough to still channel my passion through writing. Join me on my journey to uncover the beauty surrounding the world around us, but more importantly within one another and ourselves. Some things about me!
Traveling makes my heart go round. I recently just returned from studying abroad in Paderno del Grappa, Italy this summer. This quaint and tiny mountain town was just about an hour outside of Venice. I woke to the chirping of birds outside my wooden, old fashioned window as I peered out at the rolling hills and foggy mountains in the distant. I then wandered downstairs where I ordered a tiny cappuccino from my school's vending machine. All in favor to get this in America say ciao? While I was abroad I studied Italian, which brightened my experience as I was actually able to engage with the locals and explore what makes this country so beautiful. The answer? The people. I love their culture's emphasis on family, home cooked meals, and time with one another. My most used and favorite line had to be, "un cono con due palline per favore" (which translates to - a cone with two scoops please). Gelato had to be one of my favorite afternoon snacks to treat myself to. I traveled to the floating city of Venice, the ancient ruins of Rome, and the bubbling coast side city of Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre had to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. These five vibrant towns line the Mediterranean Sea. As I sat with a glass of white wine and a platter of cheese, overlooking the deep blue sea, I felt the most content I ever had in my life. I traveled to the bustling city of London where I was constantly addressed as "love" and exposed to delicious cuisine from all over the world. I had to see a play while I was there and let me tell you it was absolutely Wicked (no pun intended). I have slide down the natural waterfalls of the Dunn's River in Jamaica and jumped from the cliffs of Cinque Terre. I have swam in the Mediterranean Sea in my clothes at dusk and kayaked to the Davidson Glaicer in Alaska. I have danced in front of the Pantheon at midnight and cried at the majesty of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. All in on year. I can't wait to see where my feet wander and what adventures lie in store for me in 2020!
I love to make videos. Throughout my writing minor, I have been exposed to different styles of writing and ways to tell my stories. This past semester I stumbled upon the beloved video essay. We've always been told a picture says a thousand words and I'm here to confirm it's true. I hope to capture all my travel and experiences in this upcoming year to continue telling my stories, only this time through the beauty of a lens. I am a book fanatic. I always have my nose deep inside a book. Because when I can'tbesomewhere new, I want to learn something new and let my mind travel for me. It's hard to even know where to begin to list my favorites because they're broken down into so many different categories. My recently favorite lifestyle books include: The Success Principle by Jack Canfield, The Four Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss, Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, and Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven. The best books I have read this year (and all based on true stories) include: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey, and my all time favorite- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (which was just made into a movie and I can't wait to see it in theaters).
I am a passionate student about the University of Iowa and all the amazing opportunities available through it. While the University of Iowa is not an Ivy League or necessarily a well renowned campus, this college has offered me a college experience that I will forever be grateful for. From participating as Public Relations Chair of Women in Business where I have the privilege to create a newsletter that reflects and represents our 245+ members, sponsors, and local small businesses, to being Chief Operating Officer of the entrepreneurial organization, Enactus, where I have launched my passion project Rooted in Love (which this blog will be seeing a lot more of in 2020). From waving at the children at the University of Iowa Children's hospital every football game, to raising money and dancing for their lives through Dance Marathon. I love the black and gold spirit that runs through Iowa City and fuels each and every one of us to achieve and perform at the best of our ability. As always, go hawks!