Hometown: Miami, FL
Major: International and Global Studies - Europe
Gap Year Description:
On my gap year, I was part of a scholarship program called Congressional Bundestag Youth Vocational Exchange, where I went to Germany as an intern! I worked at a kindergarten in a little town outside of Freiburg in the Black Forest and lived with a host family. Living in Germany really allowed me to immerse myself in the language and culture and discover my own sense of independence. It was amazing to see a different kind of school system first hand and to connect so quickly with the local community through the kids. I spent many of my weekends traveling to small towns and cities across Germany, or working with my host family in their wine business. It seems rather impossible to sum up my whole year, but in short, it truly was amazing.
How has it influenced your time at Middlebury:
If you're at all like me, you might be pretty tired after high school. High school was so much work and the stress of graduating got to me a little. Being able to take time off after high school really let me give myself a break for the first time in my life. It was so fascinating to see life outside of school, and discover that I was good at more than just studying. By the time I reached Middlebury, I felt like a completely new person. I used my year to recharge and refocus, and I believe that I entered Middlebury with a sense of purpose and a vision that might have been harder to find if I hadn't taken time off. My experiences and challenges on my gap year really gave me the tools I needed to start college with a level head and to face the new obstacles with ease. So to all you prospective students out there, thinking of taking a gap year, feel free to reach out to me! I have never regretted it for a second.