How did you decide which gap year program was right for you?
To be honest, I didn’t know I was going on a gap year until three months prior. It all happened really fast. I didn’t think to look at any other programs, because I wasn’t entirely sure what I was looking for. I knew I wanted a diverse program, one that would allow me to do all sorts of new things without one overlying theme. Winterline seemed like one giant exploration, and at the time that’s exactly what I wanted. Part of me thinks taking a gap year is something you just have to commit to. No program or planned trip will be perfect. It is what you make it.
What was a typical day like in your gap year experience?
There was no “typical day” on our program. I showed up with little expectations, which was the best move I could have made. A typical day was going with the flow, being open minded enough to try everything, and focused enough to be as present as possible. Though the day-to-day experience varied, you could always count on good conversation, meeting new people and seeing something you’ve never seen before.
What was the most memorable moment of your gap year?
The first thing that comes to mind is the moment I stepped off the plane from Mumbai into Granada, Spain. We had just been in India for a month, and the contrast between the two was simply mind-altering. I felt like I was in the twilight zone or something. We moved around so fluidly, that it almost started to feel normal. So, moments like this one would remind me how big this was, the trip, and how important it was for me to absorb all of it, as much of it, as I could.
What advice do you have for teens looking at gap year options?