Alumni Spotlight: Tess!

Meet Tess!  Tess is an alumna of our Global Gap Year class of 2018! After TBB, she want on to Tulane University to major in Political Economy and Environmental Studies.

How has your gap experience influenced/contributed to your academic and professional goals?
My gap year experience helped me better solidify my values and goals. Entering college, I found it easier to navigate the endless possibilities that can feel extremely overwhelming. TBB gave me the confidence to trust my own decisions. Participating in the program has also given me an irreplaceable group of like minded individuals who I can rely on for support and advice!
How did your gap year influence your approach to social justice?
My gap year definitely gave me a more critical lens when it comes to social justice. Now, I put more effort into analyzing the mission and values of a movement or organization so that I can better decide whether or not I want to support them.
What’s one piece of advice you’d have for anyone considering taking a gap year?
Consider a gap year as a step forward, not a pause. The experiences you’ll have and the knowledge you’ll gain will move you ahead in life. I remember feeling like taking a gap year was holding me back and putting me behind my peers, but it does quite the opposite.
Thanks for sharing with us, Tess!