I always thought like there’s really no room to do things differently.
I wasn’t set on my goals or aspirations, things like that, I was seeking adventure.
So I thought, take a year, slow down and just understand the things I want to do and the person I want to be, and Winterline just seemed to fit that very well.
Going into it, I knew it was a bit of a different program.
It’s a gap year program, but what it really is is an opportunity to step out of that zone of being a tourist and fully immerse yourself in a culture.
Just completely shifts your perspective of what this world has to offer.
Just had like those moments of, “Wow. The world is connected.”
You’re rarely in a classroom setting, you’re always moving.
No matter what your interests are, you’re going to find something you really love on this trip.
It’s kind of given us a chance to test the waters.
It teaches you how to travel, how to function when you’re so tired that you can barely function.
You’re in a different place every week and you’re with sixteen drastically different people.
Kids from all over the world.
Our lives were different, our cultures were different, and yet, I can still find a connection with them.
We wanted to explore what we wanted to do with the rest of our lives, and none of us were sure. And I think that really brought us all together and formed this kind of tight-knit family.
9-months later I know so much about these people that I couldn’t even say about my closest friends from home. These are life-long friends for sure.
You see in the brochure that you’re going to learn 100 skills, but I never expected to learn things about myself.
I have a much better understanding of who I am, and that that person is ever-changing, and that that’s ok.
I really have no idea what I want to do, but I’m ok with that, and I’m confident in that.
I did find a purpose for myself, which I really didn’t expect to.
The trip changes you a bit, and I think for the better.
Take the risk.
Come here so you can step out of your comfort zone. Come here so you can make that first step over that line.
It’s 9 months of traveling the world doing anything and everything. It’s your best experiences, it’s your worst experiences, it’s your favorite moments, it’s your mental breakdowns, all come together to change your perspective on the world.