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?
Gap years are extremely common among the Jewish community. Whether studying Jewish literature or simply living in Israel for a year, many of my older friends took a year between high school and college to learn more about the world and themselves. It wasn’t until my brother spent a year in Israel before college that I even considered it, but after hearing his incredible stories and constant praise for his year abroad, I knew what I wanted to do after high school.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE A GAP YEAR?
Most people assume that gap years are taken for students who are not ready for the pressure of college life yet, but this is not me. Although I feel ready to continue my education, when else in my life will I have the opportunity to escape for a year and explore myself and the world? Going into college with such a different maturity level and experiences will hopefully lead to a more beneficial education and a greater appreciation for the world around me.
WHAT SKILL ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO LEARN?
Cooking. Since a young age I have had a love for food, both eating and making it. The creativity you can express, along with its rich history, make cooking a skill everyone should learn, and one I hope to master.
DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO IN THE FUTURE?
As of now, not at all. That is a main reason I chose Winterline, to explore so many different fields and hopefully form some sort of understanding or plan for my future. I’ve always been interested in biology and genetic engineering, so maybe some of that will come up this year, but I don’t have any real idea.
HAVE YOU TRAVELED BEFORE? IF SO, WHICH TRIP HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?
Growing up my family traveled a lot, all around the US and the world. My favorite trip was a 2-week trip we took to Morocco when I was 14. The country’s long history with Jews, amazing food, and rich culture are things I will never forget. I still remember an afternoon, after lunch at a traditional family restaurant, table overflowing with lamb couscous and fried vegetable-meat pockets, we wandered through the old city’s streets, into random little markets and speaking with the occasional old man who knew English. It also helps that the night sky over the Sahara desert is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO GAIN FROM YOUR GAP YEAR PROGRAM AND WHILE TRAVELING ABROAD?
Along with a greater sense of global citizenship, I hope to learn how to interact with people from all different backgrounds and implement the best of all those cultures into my life. Being able to make friends wherever you are is a skill I believe everyone should have, no matter the professional field. All the amazing skills Winterline presents you with are just a portion of what a traveling gap year can teach.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT YOUR FUTURE WINTERLINE PEERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I’m a pretty outgoing guy that really loves to adventure and get out of my comfort zone. I went to school with the same people for 18 years so I am extremely excited to make new friends and new memories!
Winterline is the perfect combination of structure and freedom, travel and learning, and such a great way to meet new people. Going into a gap year knowing nobody is something I’m looking forward to.
TELL US SOMETHING FUN ABOUT YOU!
Even though I’ll be spending a year abroad, I’m a true Texas boy and carry that pride with me everywhere, including my Texas flag. I’m a very laid back guy but when the time comes I can burst out with energy and get everyone rowdy.