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?
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 probably introduced to the idea early in high school, they have been becoming more and more popular over the past few years so I’ve heard about them quite a bit.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE A GAP YEAR?
I really did not want to go to college right after finishing high school, I just knew I needed a break and originally I wanted to skip college altogether, but I think a year of travel is just the thing I need to refresh and reassess before getting back into it again.
WHAT SKILL ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO LEARN?
Any storytelling/creative writing skills I can learn, I’m excited to learn. Those, and the video production skills as well.
DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO IN THE FUTURE?
I either want to write a bestselling novel, or write and direct a major motion picture. The medium isn’t exactly important, I just really want to tell a story that inspires and elicits emotions in people.
HAVE YOU TRAVELED BEFORE? IF SO, WHICH TRIP HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?
I don’t have the most experience travelling, but when I was about 8 or 9 we went on a cruise in the Caribbean and to the Virgin Islands. I really enjoyed the ship itself, as well as all the beautiful and diverse locations we went to.
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO GAIN FROM YOUR GAP YEAR PROGRAM AND WHILE TRAVELING ABROAD?
I really hope to gain a new perspective on the world, and to broaden my horizons past the small, boring little corner of the world I’ve spent my whole life in.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT YOUR FUTURE WINTERLINE PEERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I guess they should probably know I’m very sarcastic, so most of the stuff that comes out of my mouth is either a joke and shouldn’t be taken seriously. That, and also I’m a pretty stoic person, I don’t always show a lot of emotion, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have fun or empathize with the group either.
My sister, Allison, works at Winterline and told me all about it. It sounded like a great experience, and I figured if I was going to take a travel gap year I best do it with a program my family is already familiar with.
TELL US SOMETHING FUN ABOUT YOU!
I can juggle? I really don’t know what to say here, I guess I had long hair for a few years, but that looked terrible so we don’t really talk about it.