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.
Thinking about taking a gap year too?
WHAT’S YOUR FULL NAME?
Maya Emily Daswani but everyone calls me Emmie, long story as to why. I’m from a small coastal town in New Hampshire called North Hampton!
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 in the spring of last year when one of my good friends decided to do a gap year program similar to Winterline.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE A GAP YEAR?
I still am unsure of what exactly I want to do and where I want to go, I think that a year to grow and explore would be very beneficial and could help me figure out what direction I want to go in in terms of a career path.
WHAT SKILL ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO LEARN?
I’m really excited about safe driving in Germany. I am really into cars and I think that being able to drive BMWs in Germany is going to be an unforgettable experience.
DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO IN THE FUTURE?
I thought that I wanted to go into hospitality but as time goes on I’m not sure, I might want to do something in marketing or communications. Honestly, I have no real idea, I’m hoping over the next year I’ll have a better idea of what I want to do.
HAVE YOU TRAVELED BEFORE? IF SO, WHICH TRIP HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?
I’ve done a good amount of traveling throughout my life tagging along on my moms business trips, and have been lucky enough to visit 6/7 continents. I also briefly lived in Tokyo for my Dad’s job when I was little. My favorite trip had to have been to India; my dad was from India so it was interesting to discover that side of myself and see how different my life could have been. It really put things into perspective for me and made me more appreciative of what I have.
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO GAIN FROM YOUR GAP YEAR PROGRAM AND WHILE TRAVELING ABROAD?
I’m hoping to continue to deepen my perspective on the world and figure out what skills I enjoy doing. As I said before I have no idea what direction I want to go in and I’m hoping that this year will help push me in the direction of the path I want to go down.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT YOUR FUTURE WINTERLINE PEERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I’m very outgoing, laidback and like to stretch out of my comfort zone. I’m also a pretty sarcastic person so I shouldn’t be taken very seriously at all. I’m so excited to meet everyone I’ll be traveling with and can’t wait to get to know them over the 9 months we’ll spend together!
TELL US SOMETHING FUN ABOUT YOU!
I never know what to say to these questions. I love music and play a few instruments. I’m a huge New England sports fan, my high school superlatives were “Worst Case of Senioritis” and “Class Clown” and a normal person’s internal temperature is 98.6 degrees. Mine is 98.5, I’m just a little cooler than everyone else.