Lily Turner

Lily is passionate about education, equality, and individuality. She has been an advocate for student’s rights, taking part of campaigning for her local school’s levy and helping protest with March For Our Lives. She believes equal education should be valued and accessible to everyone. Her goals for the year are to grow as a person and teacher, and hopefully foster many meaningful relationships with who she meets along the way. Lily is inspired by her friends and the people around her, she believes that she is who she is because of what she has learned from them. She says, “ The best way to learn & grow is to be like a sponge and absorb the experiences of others to take with you wherever you may go next. I am excited to do this in India with Global Citizen Year.”


The Butterfly In My Room

This was what I wrote and presented as a Speak Up to the cohort at Learning Seminar 1 on November 21st, 2019.  I am going to tell you about the butterfly in my room. Some of you already know a little bit about this.  Last Tuesday, the one we all had a day off from…

17 May, 2020

Singing To My Rickshaw Drivers

March 11th, 2020 “There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.” – Khalil Gibran In early December, I was very happy. My school routine fell into place and felt fulfilling, I had found some of my best friends, I loved my host family, and I felt like I was really…

27 March, 2020

Sisterhood of the Traveling Hot Chocolate

I realized I now call Pune home. When I first arrived here in September, I didn’t think that would ever happen. But now that it has, I feel an overwhelming amount of love for this city and the people who have become family in it.  Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 I decided to dedicate this day…

03 February, 2020

“and we’re off”: my ultimate travel-across-theforgap-year playlist

I meant to post this back in September and never did, so here it is now.  “and we’re off”: my ultimate travel-across-the-world-for-a-gap-year playlist Someday – triple j Like A Version – Julia Jacklin Shrike – Hozier Ease Up Kid – Demo – Hippo Campus Dog Years – Maggie Rogers Japanese Denim – Daniel Caeser Passenger…

05 January, 2020


When I wrote my first blog, I went in with the thought that I would be posting a new one biweekly, or even monthly. It is now January 4th, I am halfway through this year and the last blog I posted was in September.  I want to state that my lack of posts doesn’t have…

05 January, 2020

Piece On The Climate Strike in Pune, India

September 21st, 2019 Almost everything about my India experience has been somewhat contradictory. You come out of a nice mall or coffee shop to wild pigs wandering across the road, you spend hours making fresh meals and eat them with only your hands, and in the same instant you will see a sign that says…

15 October, 2019


I never thought I would be here a year ago. Or even six months ago for that matter. Global Citizen Year kind of fell into my lap, like an apple from a tree, something purely coincidental but exactly what one needs at the time. At least, that’s what it felt like to me.     …

28 August, 2019

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