New Student Spotlight: Andres Munoz

By: Andres Munoz | January 10, 2020
Topics: New Student Spotlight
Now that it's officially 2020, we're so excited to start welcoming this year's new Winterline students! Andres is a student from Costa Rica who's ready to find his passion through travel. We're so excited to welcome Andres to the program!

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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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

Costa Rica

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 first introduced to the idea of a gap year thanks to my sister, who took one herself in Senegal.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE A GAP YEAR?

I wanted to take some time off the books before going to college to find my passion and grow more as a person by traveling the world. 

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WHAT SKILL ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO LEARN?

I’m really excited about learning how to interact with people from all over the world and their different cultures to understand and master the proper way to approach people and connect in the best way possible, attain a bigger perspective about life, and finally, and most importantly, how to live each day at its maximum.

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

I want to study political science with a minor in history. I’m very interested in the field of education as well. 

 

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

I’ve traveled a bunch to North America and some countries in Europe. My favorite trip ever was when I visited one of my best friends that lives in The Basque Country near Bilbao for a month. He lived with me for a year as an exchange student and as soon as he left, I went to visit him. I met his beautiful family and visited many different places that I could have never imagined ever visiting. I learned about the Basque culture and got the opportunity to do the last 13 stages of The Santiago Trail with the first stage starting on my 18th birthday. It was a fascinating experience.

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

I hope to gain lifelong friendships with the people I’ll be traveling with and meet during the trip. I want to deepen my perspective on the world and blend into new cultures.

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

I may seem like a person that doesn’t talk much and that I keep everything to myself but there is nothing that I enjoy more than a good conversation and meeting new people. I could also say I can be very funny sometimes.winterline, gap year, andres munoz

WHY WINTERLINE?

What I wanted from my gap year is to visit the most amount of places as possible and Winterline is the only program that allows that. As soon as I read the program description I stopped looking for others.

TELL US SOMETHING FUN ABOUT YOU!

I’m a huge football (soccer) nerd and I have a collection of 40+ football jerseys. My favorite team is FC Barcelona and I was lucky enough to watch them play in their 100,000 people capacity stadium, which was completely full, against their all-time rivals in 2015. My dream job would be to become a football coach one day for a big team. winterline, gap year, andres munoz
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