New Student Spotlight: Blake Freeman

By: Blake Freeman | January 3, 2020
Topics: New Student Spotlight
A new year means new students! We're excited to welcome Blake to Winterline, a student who dreams of becoming a chef and working in the restaurant industry.

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?

Raleigh, North Carolina

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 introduced to the idea of a gap year by some of my friends in high school who decided to take one, and currently my sister is doing a gap year in the South Pacific.winterline, gap year, blake freeman

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE A GAP YEAR?

I chose to take a gap year because I was tired of the routine. School is great, but after being in school for almost all of my life, I realized I needed something different. I needed to see the world and be with friends while doing it.

WHAT SKILL ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO LEARN?

I am most excited to learn cooking and independent travel.winterline, gap year, blake freeman

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

In the future I would like to be a chef and then move into restaurant ownership.

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

I have traveled quite a bit in the past. My favorite trip I have taken was when I went to Cuba in 2017 & 2018. We got to work with the community while exploring Havana as well as some other cities throughout the north of the country. We got to see some amazing historic places as well as lots of natural beauty. winterline, gap year, blake freeman

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

Aside from friends and fun (which is implied), I expect to gain a new outlook on the world. I will get to learn how lots of different cultures live and hopefully gain some perspective. I also hope to gain some knowledge about myself from being in an environment that I have never experience.

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

I want my future peers to know that I look forward to an incredible year of traveling. Traveling is my absolute favorite thing to do and getting to do it with friends makes it that much better. I love trying new things and I’m pretty outgoing. Some of my favorite things are cooking, rafting, going to concerts, fishing, and watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. winterline, gap year, blake freeman

WHY WINTERLINE?

I chose Winterline because I felt like it was a program tailored just for me. Every aspect of it intrigued me and it got me truly excited for taking a year off of school.

TELL US SOMETHING FUN ABOUT YOU!

A fun fact about me is that I worked for a guy in the Fyre Festival documentary and I was somewhat of a local celebrity because of it. winterline, gap year, blake freeman
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