Hometown: Seattle, WA
Gap Year Description
During my gap year, I lived for eight months in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil through the organization Global Citizen Year. In Brazil, I learned Portuguese, shadowed my host father in his environmental advocacy, and discovered new tropical fruits. This transformative experience challenged me to think differently about the world and my role in it.
When I arrived back home to Seattle, I worked at a frozen yogurt shop in downtown and interned with a local non-profit called Rwanda Partners (now called All Across Africa). In this internship, I wore a bunch of hats. I launched a product-naming refresh, worked on their social media, and helped to train sales employees. Unrelated to my internship, I also traveled to Rwanda with Carl Wilkens, the only remaining American during the genocide, to learn about the events of 1994.
How did it influence your time at Middlebury?
Coming to Middlebury, I felt ready to launch into my educational experience with greater purpose and meaning. Just having the time to reflect about my education, read books for fun, and not be an expert at anything allowed me to grow up a little bit more. With the questions I developed during my year, I arrived on campus ready to engage my education with intention. My gap year continues to inform my Middlebury academic, social, and personal experience.