New Student Spotlight: Micah Romaner

The Winterline Global Skills Gap Year Program travels to 10 different countries over 9 months, where students learn 100 new life skills while traveling the world with their best friends.


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THE CONCEPT OF A GAP YEAR PROGRAM IS STILL NEW FOR MANY STUDENTS. WHEN WERE YOU FIRST INTRODUCED TO THE IDEA OF TAKING A GAP YEAR?

Gap years are extremely common among the Jewish community. Whether studying Jewish literature or simply living in Israel for a year, many of my older friends took a year between high school and college to learn more about the world and themselves. It wasn’t until my brother spent a year in Israel before college that I even considered it, but after hearing his incredible stories and constant praise for his year abroad, I knew what I wanted to do after high school.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE A GAP YEAR?

Most people assume that gap years are taken for students who are not ready for the pressure of college life yet, but this is not me. Although I feel ready to continue my education, when else in my life will I have the opportunity to escape for a year and explore myself and the world? Going into college with such a different maturity level and experiences will hopefully lead to a more beneficial education and a greater appreciation for the world around me.

 

WHAT SKILL ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO LEARN?

Cooking. Since a young age I have had a love for food, both eating and making it. The creativity you can express, along with its rich history, make cooking a skill everyone should learn, and one I hope to master.

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO IN THE FUTURE?

As of now, not at all. That is a main reason I chose Winterline, to explore so many different fields and hopefully form some sort of understanding or plan for my future. I’ve always been interested in biology and genetic engineering, so maybe some of that will come up this year, but I don’t have any real idea.

HAVE YOU TRAVELED BEFORE? IF SO, WHICH TRIP HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?

Growing up my family traveled a lot, all around the US and the world. My favorite trip was a 2-week trip we took to Morocco when I was 14. The country’s long history with Jews, amazing food, and rich culture are things I will never forget. I still remember an afternoon, after lunch at a traditional family restaurant, table overflowing with lamb couscous and fried vegetable-meat pockets, we wandered through the old city’s streets, into random little markets and speaking with the occasional old man who knew English. It also helps that the night sky over the Sahara desert is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO GAIN FROM YOUR GAP YEAR PROGRAM AND WHILE TRAVELING ABROAD?

Along with a greater sense of global citizenship, I hope to learn how to interact with people from all different backgrounds and implement the best of all those cultures into my life. Being able to make friends wherever you are is a skill I believe everyone should have, no matter the professional field. All the amazing skills Winterline presents you with are just a portion of what a traveling gap year can teach.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT YOUR FUTURE WINTERLINE PEERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I’m a pretty outgoing guy that really loves to adventure and get out of my comfort zone. I went to school with the same people for 18 years so I am extremely excited to make new friends and new memories! 

WHY WINTERLINE?

Winterline is the perfect combination of structure and freedom, travel and learning, and such a great way to meet new people. Going into a gap year knowing nobody is something I’m looking forward to.

TELL US SOMETHING FUN ABOUT YOU!

Even though I’ll be spending a year abroad, I’m a true Texas boy and carry that pride with me everywhere, including my Texas flag. I’m a very laid back guy but when the time comes I can burst out with energy and get everyone rowdy.

New Student Spotlight: Ben Kilimnik

The Winterline Global Skills Gap Year Program travels to 10 different countries over 9 months, where students learn 100 new life skills while traveling the world with their best friends.


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THE CONCEPT OF A GAP YEAR PROGRAM IS STILL NEW FOR MANY STUDENTS. WHEN WERE YOU FIRST INTRODUCED TO THE IDEA OF TAKING A GAP YEAR?

To be honest, I can’t recall when I first heard about gap years… but the important thing is that I learned about them early enough to apply to Winterline!

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE A GAP YEAR?

By the time senior year rolled around, the idea of taking time off before college was already floating around in my mind. I had my fill of exams, extracurriculars and college applications and was itching to explore the world outside of school.

WHAT SKILL ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO LEARN?

Definitely hiking and outdoor survival skills with NOLS (The National Outdoor Leadership School). Something about exploring a scenic landscape always refreshes me.

Hiking along the English coast (My brother started calling me “Cliff Goat” after this…)

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO IN THE FUTURE?

Right now I have more things I want to do than I may ever have time for. Maybe I’ll become an astrophysicist in the future? Or a mountaineer? A sous-chef? A captain of a cruise ship? Whatever I end up doing, I can’t imagine myself settling in one profession for the rest of my life. To start with though, I’ve deferred my acceptance to Brown University and will begin my studies there in the fall of 2019.

HAVE YOU TRAVELED BEFORE? IF SO, WHICH TRIP HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?

Never have I felt closer to nature than when I spent two weeks living in a lighthouse in Cornwall on the southern coast of England. There’s something to be said about watching waves crash against cliffs from your bedroom window and having the rocky coast to explore just outside your front door. As long as you don’t mind the foghorn blaring in the background every half hour, living in a lighthouse is great fun.

Exploring the crumbling cliffs of Cornwall

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO GAIN FROM YOUR GAP YEAR PROGRAM AND WHILE TRAVELING ABROAD?

I hope to try new things, explore my passions and generally figure out what’s important to me in life. Aside from specific skills, I think my gap year will teach me how to be self-motivated and how to learn in unpredictable environments.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT YOUR FUTURE WINTERLINE PEERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I’m a big fan of astronomy in all its forms. There’s nothing more mesmerizing than gazing up at a starry sky and pondering the mysteries of the universe. What that also means is that I’m used to staying up very late.

The view from my friend’s telescope on a cold Winter’s night

WHY WINTERLINE?

What drew me to Winterline was the incredibly diverse range of experiences that the program offers. Combined with the independent study projects (ISPs), Winterline offers a freedom of choice that is unique among the gap year programs I researched.

All Winterline staff I have interacted with so far have been super friendly, helpful and understanding, which is something I really appreciate.

TELL US SOMETHING FUN ABOUT YOU!

Ever since I started playing around with image editing, a few of my friends have called me a Photoshop whizz… Want to turn into a cat? Be featured in the New York Times? Have your face on a $1 bill? Make a wish and I will make it happen – digitally, at least.

The magic of Photoshop

New Student Spotlight: Paris Geolas

The Winterline Global Skills Gap Year Program travels to 10 different countries over 9 months, where students learn 100 new life skills while traveling the world with their best friends.


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THE CONCEPT OF A GAP YEAR PROGRAM IS STILL NEW FOR MANY STUDENTS. WHEN WERE YOU FIRST INTRODUCED TO THE IDEA OF TAKING A GAP YEAR?

I first was introduced to the concept in my freshman year of high school and cast it aside almost immediately. For me it didn’t seem realistic and I’d had a fairly set track in my mind of what my future looked like, and I didn’t see pushing back college as a part of it.

Winterline Global Skills Paris Geolas
Paris hiking in Moab this summer.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE A GAP YEAR?

For my last two years of high school, I attended the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, a two year boarding school which you apply to your sophomore year and if accepted, take mostly college classes for the remainder of high school. Having moved out at sixteen and essentially done two years of college already, I was looking for something a little bit different and was excited for the opportunity to take a break from a classroom setting. I found Winterline and became more excited for my future there than directly back into a desk chair, and that’s when I knew I wanted to take a gap year. 

WHAT SKILL ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO LEARN?

I absolutely can’t wait for NOLS. I spent this summer living in the middle of the San Juan National Forest working as an ecology tour guide at a zipline retreat, which has been my first real exposure to living outside, so I’m excited for a little over a week of backpacking.

Winterline Global Skills Paris Geolas
The view from a bridge near Paris’ cabin in Colorado.

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO IN THE FUTURE?

My favorite thing on this earth to do is write. No matter what I do or where I go, I’ll always be a writer. I’ve recently discovered a new sector of that passion, writing code. I’d like to go into computer science or political journalism. I know these are two very different fields but they excite me in ways that I want both of.

HAVE YOU TRAVELED BEFORE? IF SO, WHICH TRIP HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?

I went to Iceland in February with a team from NCSSM. I had just been accepted to Winterline and was deciding whether or not to just jump in and do it or go to UNC as planned. As part of the trip, we took a day to climb the glacier Sólheimajökull, and as we made our way up and began to see the vastness of the land and the snow, our guide turned to me and said, “I used to work an office job before this. I wonder how I ever made it.” I knew then that I had to re-evaluate the way I thought about learning, success, and my career path. I knew then that being outside would always need to be a big part of my life. That trip taught me a lot about myself and the way I characterize the world, and helped me see things in a different light.

Winterline Global Skills Paris Geolas
Paris in Iceland

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO GAIN FROM YOUR GAP YEAR PROGRAM WHILE TRAVELING ABROAD?

I hope that over the next year I gain the ability to be comfortable doing things by myself. I tend to gravitate towards social situations and I love talking to people, but I’d like to be content living, thinking, and traveling on my own. I’m excited to get close with my peers, but I’m also excited to get closer with who I am.

what is one thing you want your future winterline peers to know about you?

I love ultimate frisbee so I’m always ready to throw a disc around!

why winterline?

None of the other programs I looked at even came close to Winterline. Ten countries in nine months? I will likely never get the chance to do that again in my lifetime. It was the only program I wanted and the only one I applied to.

Winterline Global Skills Paris Geolas
Paris in her bear hat!

tell us something fun about you!

I have this bear hat I like to wear that basically goes everywhere with me.

New Student Spotlight: Yeukai Jiri

THE CONCEPT OF A GAP YEAR PROGRAM IS STILL NEW FOR MANY STUDENTS. WHEN WERE YOU FIRST INTRODUCED TO THE IDEA OF TAKING A GAP YEAR?

I’ve known about gap years for a long time, but I grew up with a stereotypical image of them involving backpacking through different countries and being something only wealthy families could afford. This realization that they can be so much more than that happened for me last year when I was researching the different options available, and I decided to take one with Winterline.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE A GAP YEAR?

The first reason I’m taking a gap year is that, like many others, I have spent most of my life living the world through textbooks and I now want to experience it for myself. Secondly, there are so many programs and initiatives that are created for young people, which I wanted to take advantage of before it was too late.

WHAT SKILL ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO LEARN?

I am most excited to learn permaculture design and natural building because I’m interested in learning more about the principles of sustainable design and how they are implemented in real life.

Yeukai (center) in her Chinese class!

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO IN THE FUTURE?

I don’t know what I want to do in the future but I know it’ll be related to sustainable development and my focus will be on Zimbabwe because that’s my country of origin.

HAVE YOU TRAVELED BEFORE? IF SO, WHICH TRIP HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?

I am finishing high school abroad at United World College in Changshu, China. My favorite trip has been our project week in Yangshuo, Guangxi province where my classmates and I experienced a different side of China. We had a 22-hour train ride there and back, which was an intense bonding experience. I loved this trip because we worked with an NGO that appreciated the community, and it was the first time that I had seen scenery similar to the English countryside in China.

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO GAIN FROM YOUR GAP YEAR PROGRAM AND WHILE TRAVELING ABROAD?

I think I will learn a lot about other people’s lives, in the same way that I did at Yangshuo. It will be a chance to see the world in someone else’s eyes and to learn what they love about it, what makes life hard for them and most importantly, what they want to change about it. I also expect to gain a new family, and I can’t wait to meet my cohort!

Yeukai and a couple friends waiting at the airport to pick up summer camp participants!

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT YOUR FUTURE WINTERLINE PEERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

If you guys can help me out with skills like mountain climbing and scuba diving, then I’ve got your back in things like dance and public speaking skills.

WHY WINTERLINE?

Winterline is the perfect way for me to get the most out of my comfort zone, to make new connections with people, and to start engaging with different aspects of development work with the program’s partners.

Yeukai at her Acapella’s group performance.

TELL US SOMETHING FUN ABOUT YOU!

I’m a Zimbabwean-British student in China, so I can speak conversational Mandarin Chinese and a little bit of my native language Shona. I also enjoy Afrobeat dance and I started an acapella group in my school because I love all things Pentatonix.

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New Student Spotlight: Cristina Hoyos

The Winterline Global Skills Gap Year Program travels to 10 different countries over 9 months, where students learn 100 new life skills while traveling the world with their best friends.


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THE CONCEPT OF A GAP YEAR PROGRAM IS STILL NEW FOR MANY STUDENTS. WHEN WERE YOU FIRST INTRODUCED TO THE IDEA OF TAKING A GAP YEAR?

My life is a bit monotonous. It has to do with going to school and then heading back home to work on my duties. The academic burden is so high that there is hardly any free time to do what I really enjoy. I used to think that I would have more free time once I entered the University to do what I really want to do and to go out and explore the world. I was of course mistaken, since everyone agrees that academic burden will be much worse than in high school. And what comes after University is the life of grownups, the life of working for a living.  So, I thought that my only chance for total freedom could only come right after finishing high school; time to fly around the world, to know every corner, and to do everything within my reach to understand what I really want to do in life. Leaving to a country and learning their language seemed interesting, but I just did not want to spend more time in classrooms for a while. I wanted to change my routine but keep on learning through life experiences.  This would really be something entirely different and fulfilling. It was at this point that I asked myself: Why not a gap year? Why not take a long enough gap to really live and to take full advantage of my youth and my energy before I start new chapters?

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE A GAP YEAR?

I chose to take a gap year for all the reasons I mentioned before and because it is the only thing for which I think it is worth leaving home for a whole year. To get to know the world, to open my mind, to change my routines, to meet new cultures, to leave the perfect bubble where I grew up. The only way to mature and to grow as a person is by leaving home and understanding that the world is much bigger than the very small one where you have spent your entire life as a child. I have always thought that life is made of experiences and memories which cannot possibly be acquired in a classroom, and I want to pursue my belief that one’s problems will always seem smaller if looked at from above.

WHAT SKILL ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO LEARN?

I am very excited about everything related to social work. Also, I want to learn to work as a team, with others and for others, and to develop my skills for problem solving. I want to find out how to become a leader in a small group of people who are to live together for a long period of time, all of us going through the same situations.

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO IN THE FUTURE?

In the future I want to dedicate myself to change. I want to create a movement, small at first, which can be copied or replicated in other environments until it becomes a revolution. This change is mostly related to education, especially in Colombia, where there is a huge imbalance between public and private education. I want to devote my efforts to changing the educational system which exists currently, and for this purpose I feel that I should have from now on a type of education different from traditional education.

HAVE YOU TRAVELED BEFORE? IF SO, WHICH TRIP HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?

I have traveled quite a bit during my life, maybe 3 or 4 times every year. It would be very difficult to pick just one trip, as each one has been unique in its own way. In my country, Colombia, my favorite trip was to Choco, where I not only saw beautiful natural settings but also native communities that keep their town in perfect condition without help from the State, and live very proudly of the work they have done together.

Outside Colombia my favorite trip was a student exchange program in 2015, when I was in Europe for a period of five months, first in Switzerland with my friends from school and then by myself with a German family. It was an unforgettable experience that helped me realize the enormous diversity in the world which is impossible to see from one’s birth place, and also made me appreciate my home values while living far away.

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO GAIN FROM YOUR GAP YEAR PROGRAM AND WHILE TRAVELING ABROAD?

I expect to gain independence, self assurance, and confidence in my own decisions. I hope to be able to manage problems and conflicts under circumstances other than I am accustomed.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT YOUR FUTURE WINTERLINE PEERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I am really looking forward to living this experience with them; I don’t know them yet, but I know that in the future we will all be like a family. I am an open minded person and I love to engage in all kinds of different activities and to say yes to all opportunities that turn up. I don’t like to keep still and I make friends easily, which is typical of Colombians.

WHY WINTERLINE?

A friend of mine, Daniela Mallarino, went with Winterline two years ago, and from that moment I knew that’s what I wanted to do as well. I think it is a very complete and varied program, which is exactly what I am looking for. The program offers many options and its philosophy fully fits my life style: to learn through experience, to meet new environments, to do things that I never expected I would be doing. The organization seems very reliable and has been very helpful from the start. Every person I have talked to has told me that the Winterline program was the best decision they could have made and their best choice in every aspect.

New Student Spotlight: Maria O’Neal

Gap Year students on the Winterline Global Skills Gap Year Program travel to 10 different countries over 9 months, where they learn 100 new life skills while traveling the world with their best friends.


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THE CONCEPT OF A GAP YEAR PROGRAM IS STILL NEW FOR MANY STUDENTS. WHEN WERE YOU FIRST INTRODUCED TO THE IDEA OF TAKING A GAP YEAR?

The idea of taking a gap year came up when I told my parents I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to study in college, they suggested a gap year to learn more about myself and what I like to do. I have since kinda figured out what I would like to study but would still want to learn more about the world and myself.

maria o'neal winterline gap year student

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE A GAP YEAR?

I love to travel and want to see a bit of the world and have an adventure before I go back to school.  It could also help me figure out what I want to study.

WHAT SKILL ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO LEARN?

All of the skills look super fun and interesting though I am looking forward to learning to cook in Thailand; I would love to be able to have some culinary skill besides just pasta, pancakes, and quesadillas.

maria o'neal winterline gap year student

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO IN THE FUTURE?

I will be going to Colorado State University (GO Rams!) and the current plan is to get my Master’s in physical therapy with a minor in sports psychology, but I am still open to a lot of different career paths.

HAVE YOU TRAVELED BEFORE? IF SO, WHICH TRIP HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?

I don’t know if this counts as traveling but I was born in Spain and lived there until I was seven. During that time we traveled a lot throughout Europe. Since moving to the states I have been back to Europe a couple of times and have also been to San Carlos, Mexico. My favorite trip was back to Spain when my family and I spent a week sailing around Mallorca and had an amazing time.

maria o'neal winterline gap year student

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO GAIN FROM YOUR GAP YEAR PROGRAM AND WHILE TRAVELING ABROAD?

I hope to learn about the amazing different cultures around the world and I hope to find more activities that I enjoy and could use the rest of my life.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT YOUR FUTURE WINTERLINE PEERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I am always looking forward to new adventures, I consider myself pretty optimistic, I am hardworking and looking forward to the challenges this trip presents. I love to laugh and make cheesy jokes, and I can’t wait to meet new people.

maria o'neal winterline gap year student

WHY WINTERLINE?

I loved that Winterline focuses on exposing its participants to more careers, teaches new skills, and offers a chance to meet fellow adventurers.

TELL US SOMETHING FUN ABOUT YOU!

I am a mountain girl at heart. As mentioned above I was born in Spain but now reside in a small mountain town where I enjoy skiing, trail running, and many different types of adventuring. I dabble in photography and weird dancing.

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New Student Spotlight: Tyler Trout

The Winterline Global Skills Gap Year Program travels to 10 different countries over 9 months, where students learn 100 new life skills while traveling the world with their best friends.


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THE CONCEPT OF A GAP YEAR PROGRAM IS STILL NEW FOR MANY STUDENTS. WHEN WERE YOU FIRST INTRODUCED TO THE IDEA OF TAKING A GAP YEAR?

I first heard of people taking gap years when I was in middle school. I thought it was a really cool idea and I kept it in the back of my head through high school. When I started applying to various colleges, I wasn’t feeling very excited about it and knew I didn’t want to go straight to four more years of school. I decided that I wanted to take a gap year and through some research on the topic I discovered the Winterline Global Skills Program.  

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE A GAP YEAR?

I chose to take a gap year because I wanted to travel to new places and have new experiences. I have always loved traveling. I also love learning, but sitting in a classroom isn’t my idea of fun. Learning skills without having to be in class sounds like a fantastic opportunity.

Tyler trout winterline

WHAT SKILL ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO LEARN?

I am most excited to learn how to cook with ingredients in different countries! I love to cook at home and I make various meals for my friends and family, so learning to expand that talent is something I really look forward to.

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO IN THE FUTURE?

I’m not entirely sure what I want to do in the future. I have always liked the idea of being a veterinarian because I know I would be happy helping animals. Overall I just want to have fun and do what I feel passionate about.

Tyler trout winterline

HAVE YOU TRAVELED BEFORE? IF SO, WHICH TRIP HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?

I have traveled to various places with family and friends, but my favorite trip was when I visited my uncle in Colombia, South America. It was a really cool experience to be fully immersed in a foreign country. I went to three cities: Medellín, Cartagena, and Santa Marta. Each city had a completely different feel. I saw one of Pablo Escobar’s hideouts in Medellín, hiked to a remote jungle beach in Santa Marta and conversed with Argentine cowboys in Cartagena. It was a really cool adventure with my uncle and, while traveling, I was able to practice my Spanish speaking skills.

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO GAIN FROM YOUR GAP YEAR PROGRAM AND WHILE TRAVELING ABROAD?

I would like to make lifelong friends, get a better understanding of the world, and make great memories. Going to ten different countries and seeing so much of the world is an amazing opportunity that not many people will ever get so I really want to make the most of it.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT YOUR FUTURE WINTERLINE PEERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I’m a fun and outgoing person who tries to see the best in everything! I love meeting new people and making friends! I enjoy trying novel things and am open to unique opportunities!

WHY WINTERLINE?

No other program gives you the chance to see so many different places and learn so many new skills and talents. I looked at a few other gap year programs and they were all only one semester or only went to one location. Winterline is a one-of-a-kind experience that you can’t find anywhere else.

TELL US SOMETHING FUN ABOUT YOU!

I love dogs and a good game of pick up football!

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New Student Spotlight: Emma Mays

Gap Year Students on the Winterline Global Skills Gap Year Program travel to 10 different countries over 9 months, where they learn 100 new life skills while traveling the world with their best friends.


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THE CONCEPT OF A GAP YEAR PROGRAM IS STILL NEW FOR MANY STUDENTS. WHEN WERE YOU FIRST INTRODUCED TO THE IDEA OF TAKING A GAP YEAR?

I was only really introduced to the idea of taking a gap year a few months ago. I’d heard of them in the past but they seemed to be a thing mostly in europe and I’d never personally known anyone who decided to take one. A few months back my Mom actually mentioned the idea to me and we just went from there.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE A GAP YEAR?

I’ve been burnt out on the education system for a very long time now and I think my family and I realized that I just needed some time away from a traditional classroom setting to regain my passion for learning.

Emma-Mays-gap year student
Emma

WHAT SKILL ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO LEARN?

I’m really excited about everything to be honest. That being said I’m weirdly excited about glass blowing, I’m not particularly sure why it just seems so interesting and something no one I’ve ever met has done.

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO IN THE FUTURE?

I’m not sure what exactly I’d like to do in the future but I’d definitely love to work in a creative field. Right now I’m considering majoring in film production but I’m interested in seeing what direction the next year pushes me in.

Emma-Mays-gap year student
Legend Titan Front Ensemble at Grand Nationals 2017

HAVE YOU TRAVELED BEFORE? IF SO, WHICH TRIP HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?

I haven’t traveled extensively, mostly just to visit family, but when I was 15 my school’s marching band went to London. It was the first time I had traveled without my family and it was a really great experience. My friends and I got lost in the city and we had to find our way back. It was a really fun experience and it changed my perspective on a lot of stuff.

Emma-Mays-Winterline-gap year student
Emma (far right) with friends.

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO GAIN FROM YOUR GAP YEAR AND WHILE TRAVELING ABROAD?

I think if I knew what exactly I expected to get out this experience it almost wouldn’t be worth going, but I do hope to get a bit more adaptability out of the adventure.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT YOUR FUTURE WINTERLINE PEERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I’m pretty quiet at first but as I get more comfortable I’ll start making a bunch of jokes and you’ll probably want to punch me in the face but that’s alright because I made a really good friend that way.

Emma-Mays-Winterline-gap year student
Emma (middle) with friends.

WHY WINTERLINE?

I don’t think I could articulate it if I tried, when I found Winterline’s site I just had a feeling in my gut that this is where I should be.

TELL US SOMETHING FUN ABOUT YOU!

I’m a ridiculous person, I do goofy stuff all the time. For example last october I had a half day of school and I dressed up the plastic skeleton we had for halloween and put him in my passenger seat and drove around. His name is Franklin.

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New Student Spotlight: Spencer Holtschult

The Winterline Global Skills Gap Year Program travels to 10 different countries over 9 months, where students learn 100 new life skills while traveling the world with their best friends.


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THE CONCEPT OF A GAP YEAR PROGRAM IS STILL NEW FOR MANY STUDENTS. WHEN WERE YOU FIRST INTRODUCED TO THE IDEA OF TAKING A GAP YEAR?

I never thought taking a gap year was something I was ever gonna do, but as the school year went by and college decisions started coming out I decided taking a year to explore and find out what I wanted to do in life would be my best option.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE A GAP YEAR?

I chose to take a gap year because I wanted to avoid another year of generic education and expand my horizons by learning skills and experiencing all kinds of new cultures.

Spencer and his sisters on a family vacation in the snow
Spencer and his sisters on a family vacation in the snow

WHAT skill are you most excited to learn?

I can’t pin-point an exact skill I’m most excited to learn because all of them seem so fun and interesting to me.

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO IN THE FUTURE?

As I’m closing in on the end of my senior year, I’ve realized more than ever that I really have no clue what I want to do in the future and I believe through this program I will gain knowledge that will better prepare me for my future.

HAVE YOU TRAVELED BEFORE? IF SO, WHICH TRIP HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?

Yes, but never outside the country. My favorite trip would have to be our family vacation to Hawaii. We did a lot of fun things including snorkeling, surfing, and swimming with manta rays.

Spencer Holtschult Winterline Gap Year
Spencer walking on the beach on the Big Island of Hawaii

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO GAIN FROM YOUR GAP YEAR PROGRAM AND WHILE TRAVELING ABROAD?

Something I expect to gain from my gap year is a new perspective on the world surrounding me. For my whole life I’ve grown up with the same friends, people, and always the same routine. I think finally breaking out of that bubble will give me a whole new perspective about the world and my place in it.

pencer with his twin sister and older sister
Spencer with his twin sister and older sister

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT YOUR FUTURE WINTERLINE PEERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I like to think I have a great sense of humor, I’m always down for an adventure and want have as much fun as possible even when in a bad situation!

Why WINTERLINE?

I felt that Winterline offered something that no other gap year program really offered…besides the amount of countries and skills you get to experience and learn, Winterline offers a sense of community and friendship within the group of kids that participate in this program and that was the one thing that really made this program stand out to me.

Spencer enjoying the sunset at a local beach
Spencer enjoying the sunset at a local beach

TELL US SOMETHING FUN ABOUT YOU!

I love listening to music, and although my moves are pretty bad it doesn’t stop me from dancing and having a great time!

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New Student Spotlight: Abby Dulin

The Winterline Global Skills Gap Year Program travels to 10 different countries over 9 months, where students learn 100 new life skills while traveling the world with their best friends.


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THE CONCEPT OF A GAP YEAR PROGRAM IS STILL NEW FOR MANY STUDENTS. WHEN WERE YOU FIRST INTRODUCED TO THE IDEA OF TAKING A GAP YEAR?

I first learned about a gap year in high school and it struck my interest. I did further research on it and found out that a gap year is exactly what I wanted to do. I never thought I would take one because I didn’t know there were programs that gave you the opportunity to travel and learn new skills.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE A GAP YEAR?

I chose to take a gap year because I really have no idea what I want to do with my life. I am almost finished with a year of community college. I got most of my gen ed classes out of the way, but I don’t know what to do next. With everything Winterline has to offer, I know I will come out confident in what I want to do.

Abby Dulin Winterline Gap Year 2018-2019
Abby with family. 

WHAT SKILL ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO LEARN?

Honestly, it’s hard to pick just one because so many of them excite me, but if I had to narrow it down I’d say photography, videography, or scuba diving.

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO IN THE FUTURE?

I’m really not sure what I want to do in the future, which is why I am taking this gap year.

Abby adventuring.

HAVE YOU TRAVELED BEFORE? IF SO, WHICH TRIP HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?

Yes, I mainly travel around the states and I started traveling alone when I was 15. I have been out of the country once to Costa Rica and that was my favorite trip. From snorkling to body surfing, Costa Rica just gave off a really good vibe that made it a fun time.

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO GAIN FROM YOUR GAP YEAR PROGRAM AND WHILE TRAVELING ABROAD?

I hope to become more independent and overall a more well-rounded person. I am excited to see all of the different cultures and environments and learn from every experience.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT YOUR FUTURE WINTERLINE PEERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I am a little shy when I first meet people, but I really open up once I get to know them. Don’t be surprised if you see me laughing at absolutely nothing because my mind runs wild, you’ll get used to it. Oh yeah and don’t take anything I say seriously because I am very sarcastic.

Abby (right) smiling with a friend.

WHY WINTERLINE?

Winterline offers everything that I’m looking for from the skills to the travel. I looked at other gap year programs, but nothing compared.

TELL US SOMETHING FUN ABOUT YOU!

I’ve lived in 6 different states, which opened my eyes to traveling. I love photography and videography, so I will definitely be taking lots of photos and videos on this trip. One last thing, I can say the alphabet backwards and juggle, but not at the same time.

To learn more about our students be sure to check out our blog. We upload new posts three times a week!