Alumni Spotlight: Olivia!


Meet Olivia, an alumna of our Global Gap Year 2014 cohort! After her year abroad with Thinking Beyond Borders, she went on to attend Colorado College and now has a thriving career with Venture Capital!  Olivia was even featured in an article by Green Alpha Advisors for her time with Thinking Beyond Borders and the path it set her on in college and beyond.  Check out that article here and keep reading for our full interview with her!


How has your gap experience influenced/contributed to your academic and professional goals?
It illuminated many of the hidden systems shaping the world and inspired me to devote my life to changing them.
How did your gap year influence your approach to social justice?
Taking a gap year with TBB showed me the world in a way I would have never seen it otherwise. It made me question my assumptions, learn from different perspectives, and gave me the tools necessary to choose how I wanted to interact with the world around me. It gave me a passion and began my path towards building a career in the world of impact.
What’s one piece of advice you’d have for anyone considering taking a gap year?
Do it. Just do it. Do it and take what you learn and run with it and it will guide you for the rest of your life. Best decision I’ve ever made.
Thanks for sharing with us, Olivia!