Welcome to my page! I'm Hannah Gorsline. Some things about me!
Traveling makes my heart go round. I recently just returned from studying abroad in Paderno del Grappa, Italy. This quaint and tiny mountain town rests just 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). I traveled to the floating city of Venice, the ancient ruins of Rome, and the bubbling coast side city of Cinque Terre. As I sat with a glass of white wine overlooking the vibrant towns of Cinque Terre a wave of gratitude fell over me. 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 swam in the Mediterranean Sea in my clothes at dusk, 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 stories. This past semester I stumbled upon the 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 adding the beauty of a lens. I am a book fanatic. I often travel the world in my armchair, with my nose buried deep inside a book. 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.
I am a passionate student about the University of Iowa and all the amazing opportunities available through it. 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!