New Student Spotlight: Max Johnson

By: Max Johnson | December 20, 2019
Topics: New Student Spotlight
We're so excited to introduce to you the first student on our 2020 gap year! Meet Max, a Washington native who can't wait to learn about the career possibilities around the world.

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?

Tacoma, Washington

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?

My parents had introduced the idea to me when my sister was headed off to college and I was a sophomore in high school. My sister had not taken a gap year but parents have highly recommended it.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE A GAP YEAR?

I have a general idea as to what I want for a career path. I’ve been really interested in going into engineering, but I’ve seen so many different possibilities that I haven’t gotten the chance to look at. The extra year will be great for such!

WHAT SKILL ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO LEARN?

While we won’t be doing it for too long, it probably has to be the advanced technical/safe driving which will be taking place at BMW’s performance school. While I don’t fully know how I feel about engineering, I definitely know how much I love to drive!

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

Not really. I do have plans for after high school and all the way up to college, but it just kind of drops off at that point. I really value the idea of having a job that I love going to every day, even if the paycheck isn’t the best.

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

I have! I’ve been out of the country several times, but my favorites have always been the ones where I get to settle down and know the place I am visiting. During my Sophomore year, I took a trip to Scotland for 2 weeks, and it was sublime! It lacked the color of a lot of the color that other places have, but it made the hidden gems in Scotland all the more interesting!

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

I hope to gain a lot of additional knowledge on the possible career paths I could go down. There may be an opportunity waiting for me that I’ll love once I learn about it on the trip!

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

I’m a little shy while I’m getting to know everyone, but once I do, I’m very adventurous and an awesome travel buddy.

WHY WINTERLINE?

I can’t put it into words. I’m a firm believer in matching wavelengths, and Winterline just seems to match mine!

TELL US SOMETHING FUN ABOUT YOU!

I have been building a kit airplane with other high-schoolers for the past year and a half! Also, I have taken more goofy photos of myself than legitimately serious ones. Ever.

 

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