Gracie Winogradsky '19.5

Hometown: Tucker, Georgia 

Year at Middlebury: Sophomore Feb

Major: Intended International & Global Studies Major with an East Asian Focus, Education Minor  

How did you spend your Febmester?

I started my Febmester with a two-week trip to Europe with my mom. It was a wonderful experience that allowed my mom and me to bond while exploring new places! When I returned from Europe, I decided to go back to my performing arts high school and help choreograph the school’s dance production of The Nutcracker. While I was working on the production I continued my jobs at a movie theater and a pizza shop. I also took dance classes, and honestly spent a lot of time with my mom and my cat. 

How has being a Feb influenced your time at Middlebury?

Being a Feb has been a blessing in disguise. When I applied to Middlebury I had absolutely no idea what a being a Feb meant, but I couldn’t be happier with the results. I have the most amazing group of Feb friends who helped me get through my first semester at college. I also had an incredible First Year Seminar class with a wonderful professor. Having time off to work and think allowed me to gain more perspective as a person and a student. The initial adjustment of entering college without knowing anyone in the middle of the year was hard, but I wouldn’t trade the opportunity for anything. 

What advice do you have for incoming or prospective Febs?

Being a Feb is about being unique and doing what works for you. It’s about taking an extra six months off and utilizing that time in any way that you chose! Don’t try to measure yourself based on what other Febs did. I was really happy with my Febmester because I learned so much from all of my experiences during my time off. I want every Feb to feel that their experience, whatever it may be, is valid and important! 

Gracie and her mom at the London Eye. 

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