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Molly
Molly
Winterline Gap Year
There was no “typical day” on our program. I showed up with little expectations, which was the best move I could have made.
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Aminah Dabdoub
Aminah Dabdoub
WorldStamp Gap Year Program
Why did you choose to participate in a gap year program? I didn’t quite feel ready for college right after high school. I wanted to take a year to travel, volunteer, and learn more about who I am as a person before starting the next four-year chapter of my life. How did you decide that […]
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Jake Bagley
Jake Bagley
InnerPathWorks
I chose to train with Randy Russell at InnerPathWorks because I was at a point in my life where I needed direction and Randy's program ended up being exactly what I needed.
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Amber Johnson
Amber Johnson
Eastman Immersion Year
I knew I wanted a music career, but I wasn’t ready to commit to four years. So I decided to take a year and better prepare for music applications while being in the loop of performing.
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Macintyre Taback
Macintyre Taback
Eastman Immersion Year
I've learned as much or more from my peers at Eastman Immersion. So many people who are passionate about a single thing create a really productive atmosphere.
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Samantha Whitlock
Samantha Whitlock
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Not only is the SAIC campus an alluring space, but it has some of the best teachers I've ever had. The faculty doesn't just teach you how to create art; they teach you to think like an artist.
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Isabella McKelvey
Isabella McKelvey
Campus Oxford Gap Year
I knew I wanted to study in England, so that narrowed it down to a specific location. I also knew what subjects I wanted to study. Campus Oxford helped me select a course which I was excited by and interested in.
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Katie Hale
Katie Hale
Cross-Cultural Solutions
I was looking for a program that focused on volunteering and learning Spanish, but also having a group of peers to share the experience with. Cross-Cultural Solutions checked all the boxes.
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Pascale Gulick
Pascale Gulick
EF International Language Centers
I had heard great things about EF International Language Centers and their programs from many of my friends, and it seemed like an opportunity that couldn’t be missed!
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Max Denari
Max Denari
Pacific Discovery
If a gap yea is something you really want to do then you will find a way to make it work. It is more than OK to be anxious or nervous about making the decision.
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Vero Barr
Vero Barr
Pizarts Dance Gap Year
I wanted to learn about movement practice and directing in New York City. I needed to focus just on that for a long period of time to really explore it.
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Beatrice Phillips
Beatrice Phillips
Raleigh International
I chose to participate in a gap year program because I wanted an opportunity that would really challenge me to get out of my comfort zone.
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Nicole Iannella
Nicole Iannella
American University Gap Program
I chose the AU Gap Program because I still wanted to learn and get some sort of college experience during my year off.
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Jamie Adams
Jamie Adams
Carpe Diem Education
I’ve been in northern India for over a month now, and words can’t describe how wonderful it is to be here. I was breath-taken upon my initial arrival and seeing my new home in the mountains for the first time...
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Andy Jo
Andy Jo
LEAPNOW
I am light-headed. I put my hands out in front of me and feel them tingle. Is this anxiety? Definitely not, trust me, I know what anxiety feels like — that all-consuming oh no oh no…
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Meg Stolberg
Meg Stolberg
Taylor the Gap
"There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t use the experience I gained from my gap year. In South America, I was challenged..."
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Michael Krakower
Michael Krakower
Uncollege Gap Year Program
"When I joined the UnCollege Gap Year program after a couple of years in college, I had every intention of returning to school..."
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Sophie Gates
Sophie Gates
African Conservation Experience
“I knew when I applied to study veterinary medicine at university that getting in was going to be difficult, so it came as no..."
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Emma Heijmans
Emma Heijmans
Cross-Cultural Solutions
"I spent my gap year volunteering with Cross-Cultural Solutions in Lima, Peru. CCS is an international organization that organ..."
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Aitran Doan
Aitran Doan
Global Citizen Year
A week after returning from my eight-month stay in Ecuador, I found myself on Stanford's campus for the "Admitted Students Weekend..."
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Phillip Gibson
Phillip Gibson
Kivu Gap Year
Summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro at sunrise may have been one of the coolest and most unique experiences of my life...
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Trevor Biggs
Trevor Biggs
CESA Gap Year
Not only could they set me up with a course in Berlin learning German, but they also provided the opportunity to indulge in another passion of mine: snowboarding in the Austrian Alps!
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Erick Nilsen
Erick Nilsen
St. Norbert College
Throughout the whole semester, though, I’ve seen so many things I’ll never forget: the crystal-clear water of Lake Superior, the starry night sky over the arid Utah desert, and the beautiful forests of....
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Matt Conners
Matt Conners
The Academy at Watkinson
I would encourage other students to take part in a PG program because of how much it helps you develop as a person and a student. After spending my whole career...
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Lyda Langord
Lyda Langord
Gap Year with NOLS
Following my gap year, my academic advisor told me he thought a gap year should be mandatory and that I was far ahead of my peers in maturity and determination...
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Hope Chatterton
Hope Chatterton
LEAPNOW
I have to laugh a little as I write this. I mean, I graduated high school less than a year ago and here I am living on my own in India, writing for a human rights organization. Every day validates the expression 'fake it 'till you make...
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Kelli Stansell
Kelli Stansell
Summit Adventure
At Summit, staff members are genuinely interested in the healthy growth of their students, and that was a sticking point for me. I saw how I was being invested in and I desired to do that for others...
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Madeline Pranaitis
Madeline Pranaitis
Academy at Watkinson School
It gave me the time to do the job shadows and internships I wanted to do, and having them fully support me with that really helped me pick exactly what major I wanted...
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Lindsay Allinson
Lindsay Allinson
Blyth Academy Global High School
I know I will have so much to bring to my final year of high school classes, much more than being able to memorize textbooks. But most importantly, you have allowed me to meet the most...
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Matt Gault
Matt Gault
RIDGE Mountain Academy
Having the semester to focus on my personal goals and to dedicate my time to training was really beneficial for me. It's easy to get distrated or lose steam with goals, but the structure at RIDGE helped me remain...
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Eliana Jacobs
Eliana Jacobs
API Gap Year
Despite my few expectations, I had no idea that I would grow so much from living in Grenoble for one year. I was already familiar with France and the French language, but I had never visited Grenoble. The combination of...
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Alex Morse
Alex Morse
Raleigh International
One of the main things I wanted to achieve from my expedition was to build up transferable skills, such as teamwork, to make me more employable. I also wanted to be bale to look back on my time and say that I'd achieved...
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