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Lindsay Allinson

Posted Apr 30, 2015 12:23 PM by  Stephanie Sprague

Lindsay Allinson
Lindsay Allinson
Blyth Academy Global High School

It has now been almost a month since I’ve arrived home from Global High School [Lindsay was Global High School’s Student Ambassador from September 2014 until April 2015], and I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on the past year. I wanted to extend my thanks to GHS for this unbelievably amazing opportunity, as I have been thinking a lot about Global High School.

You have a truly great program that allows teenagers like myself to explore and discover our world and the opportunities that come with it. From living and learning in Europe’s culture, museums, architect and history, to stepping out of my comfort zone by sky diving and bungee jumping in Australia and New Zealand, Global High School has given me more than I could have ever dreamed at only seventeen years old. You have helped me discover my passions for biology, philosophy and literature by providing me with the most interesting, involved and thought provoking teachers I have ever had. You have given me the ability to discover my love for parts of the world I would have otherwise not yet seen, such as Brisbane and Wellington. These are cities in which I can now see myself living later on in life. I’m excited to say that I have had more life experiences around the globe than the majority of high school students.

While it makes me somewhat upset to return to regular high school (nothing will ever compare to GHS), 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 amazing group of teenagers. Everyone within Global High School has changed my life for the better; there is not one person that I would not consider important to me. Your program attracts so many interesting, intelligent and welcoming teenagers that it was impossible to not bond with each and every one of them. I had a difficult time in grades 9 and 10 with the social aspect of high school, and being able to meet such genuine people during Global High School has really changed my life. Everyone was just as passionate about travel as I was, and being able to travel the world and live with these people only made our friendships stronger.

This program has not only changed my life, but also the lives of everyone else involved. I cannot thank you enough for this experience; it has opened up so many opportunities and ideas for my life, and I know that it will impact all the future ambassadors to come as well. This was not the last time I will be getting on a plane, I can promise you that! After a year of being your Ambassador of Awesome, I know I will do whatever it takes to be able to experience the rest of the world and all it has to offer. I am certainly interested in working with Blyth in the future, whether that be on a summer program or on Global High School. I love your programs and everything they have provided me. Once again, thank you for everything.

Topics: Gap Year Program, Study Abroad, Travel


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