Dylan Gosdin is one of our first members of the 2017 cohort. He has a love for photography, and is excited to discover more about his career and life goals during his Winterline gap year experience.
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 before college?
My Dad first introduced me to the idea of taking a gap year. He believes that this program will be beneficial for a lot of my friends if they choose to take one as well. I think it’s a great idea. If I had just decided to go to college, I believe that my chances of making it to sophomore year would be 50/50. This program will show me how to take care of myself and live on my own as well as experience things most people only dreamed about.
Why did you choose to take a gap year?
I chose to take a gap year because I don’t know what I want to do with my life. I think the opportunity to travel the world and learn without sitting in a classroom is great.
What country on our itinerary are you most excited to visit? What activity or learning experience captivates you the most about Winterline?
The country I am most excited about is either Germany or India. I think India will be an incredible place to go visit. I really want to visit Germany because I have a big interest in cars and going to the BMW Driving School is going to be very cool.
Do you have an idea of what you would like to do in the future?
That’s another reason why I’m taking a gap year. I have no idea what I want to do in the future so while I’m on this trip I’m going to try and find something that I have a passion about that I could pursue and make a career out of.
Have you traveled before? If so, which trip has been your favorite and why?
Yes, I have. Growing up, we traveled a lot as a family. This past summer, however, I went to the British Virgin Islands to live on a boat and scuba dive for 40 days. I met a lot of awesome people from all around the world. Some I still keep in touch with regularly. That trip was very important to me because it showed me how much I enjoy traveling on my own and how much I can learn about myself in this type of environment.
What do you expect to gain from your gap year program and while traveling abroad?
Independence, maturity, and passion for a path in life. I think those are 3 things that are most important to me.
What is one thing you want your future Winterline peers to know about you?
I’m quiet when I first meet people but once I get to know you that changes very quickly.
Tell us something fun about you!
Yeah, I suck at these kinds of questions.What is one unique object you plan on bringing with you to Winterline and why? I love video and photography so I will be bringing a DJI Mavic Pro Drone and DJI Osmo Camera, both of which I plan on using as a video and photo journal for this trip. I am not great with words but hope that photos and videos will help me explain what I’ve experienced.
And finally, Coke or Pepsi?
Coke, no doubt.