Student Profiles

Student Profiles

Students comeThinking Beyond Borders gap year programs seeking to learn about the world, themselves, and the potential they have to create meaningful change. To learn more about the TBB alumni, check out these listings featuring their accomplishments. They also include links to our Alumni Spotlight blog series.

Gap Year Program Ideas in EcuadorSilviano Valdez
Global Gap Year 2010
The Midland School
BA in Economics, Earlham College
MA in Financial Economics, Miami University

  • Co-founded a Kenyan micro-finance initiative
  • Is a McNair Scholar
  • Works at Ernst & Young

Read Silviano’s Alumni Spotlight

Charlotte Robertson TBB gap year programs alumnaCharlotte Robertson
Global Gap Year 2014
Myers Park High School
Journalism Major, Ithaca College

  • Park Scholar
  • Multiple social justice commentaries in Huffington Post
  • Intern at Feminist Majority Foundation

Read Charlotte’s Alumni Spotlight

Arden Haselmann
Global Gap Year 2012
School of the Future
Peace & Conflict Studies Major, Wheaton College

  • Studied National Identity & Art in Senegal
  • Studied Peace Building & Reconciliation in Rwanda

Read Arden’s Alumni Spotlight

Andrew Kim
Global Gap Year 2012
Roxbury Latin School
Psychology Major, Harvard College

  • Phi Beta Kappa at Harvard
  • Writer for the Harvard Crimson

Read Andrew’s Alumni Spotlight

Lizzie Miller
Global Gap Year 2012
La Cañada High School
Medical Anthropology Major, USC

  • Served a summer with Mother Teresa’s org in Kolkata
  • Interned at James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
  • Interned at EMILY’s List

Read Lizzie’s Alumni Spotlight

Rachel Jordan
Global Gap Year 2011
The Westminster School
BA in Public Policy, Minors in Social Entrepreneurship & Medical Anthropolocy

  • Summer in Rwanda working in education
  • Summer in Rwanda studying surgical supply chains in public hospitals

Read Rachel’s Alumni Spotlight

Alumni High Schools

Our students have come from many of the best public and independent day and boarding schools, including:

Eastern Schools
Roxbury Latin School – MA
Philips Exeter Academy – NH
Philips Andover Academy – MA
Hotchkiss School – CT
Loomis Chaffee School – CT
Sidwell Friends School – DC
Madeira School – VA
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Midwest Schools
Shattuck-St. Mary’s School – MN
The Blake School – MN
Chagrin Falls High School – OH
Evanston Township High School – IL
St. Louis Park High School – MN
Lamar High School – TX
Stratford High School – TX
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Western Schools
Harvard Westlake – CA
Stevenson School – CA
High Tech High International – CA
Cate School – CA
Dunn School – CA
St. Michael’s – NM
Midland School – CA
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Alumni Universities

TBB gap year alumni have attended the following universities:

Eastern Schools
Harvard University
Georgetown University
Yale University
New York University
Brown University
Middlebury College
University of North Carolina
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Midwest & Southern Schools
Rice University
Earlham College
Kenyon College
DePaul University
Tulane University
University of Texas at Austin
University of Chicago
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Western Schools
Stanford University
University of California, Berkeley
University of Southern California
Santa Clara University
Colorado College
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of California, Santa Cruz
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Testimonials & Resources

There are a number of great resources available to understand the benefits of TBB’s gap year programs: