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The A. Gilman Podcast is ready to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month and Military Appreciation Month alongside Gilman alumnus, Jonathan Banasihan (China, 2019). As a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, Jonathan reflects on his time in the Navy. He explains how his global ambassadorship experience in the military extended into his approach as a global ambassador as a Gilman Scholar. Jonathan also offers insights into the challenges faced by non-traditional college students and how international education professionals and advisors can make studying abroad more accessible to those populations.
Jonathan Banasihan is a U.S. Navy veteran and prior aircraft mechanic who transitioned into their undergraduate degree in International Studies in 2016 at American University located in the District of Columbia. Jonathan went abroad with the Gilman Scholarship Program in the summer of 2019 to study Chinese in Beijing, China. He graduated in 2020 and currently works in the legal field conducting export compliance at Raytheon Technologies.