Thinking Beyond Borders Alumni Spotlight

Teddy Rounds, a 2011 South America Gap Semester and Brookline High School alumnus, is in his finals at University of Southern California, where he is studying International Relations with a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. In this interview he shares why his gap year is still relevant in his final year in college and his plans after
Friday, 08 May 2015 / Published in Alumni Spotlight
Meg John, a 2014 Global Gap Year and Twinfield High School alumna, is a student of Goucher College. In this interview, she shares why she was inspired to take a gap year, the value of mentorship and the impact of non-traditional ways of learning. What significant event stood out for you and shaped your personality
Thursday, 30 April 2015 / Published in Alumni Spotlight
Nicolas Gardiner Global Gap Year Student Review
Nicholas Gardiner, a 2014 Global Gap Year and The Colorado Springs School alumnus, is a student of Georgetown University. In this interview, he shares details about the process of discovering himself through mentors, taking ownership of his learning and mapping out a plan for college.   What did you learn from the relationship with program leaders
Thursday, 23 April 2015 / Published in Alumni Spotlight
Shawn Childs Gap Year Student Review
Shawn Childs, a 2010 Global Gap Year and Shepaug Valley High School alumna, is a University of Vermont alumna where she studied Environmental Studies and community-based International Development. In this interview, she discusses how her gap year prepared her for the demands of college life and is currently shaping her professional choices. What was it
Friday, 17 April 2015 / Published in Alumni Spotlight
Rachel Jordan Gap Year Student from Westminster School and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Rachel Jordan, a 2011 Global Gap Year and The Westminster Schools alumna, is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where she majored in Public Policy with minors in Medical Anthropology and Social Entrepreneurship. In this interview, Rachel talks about her love for travel, adventure and learning, and how a gap year gave her all
Thursday, 09 April 2015 / Published in Alumni Spotlight
Julia Jones, a 2012 Global Gap Year and Dunn School alumna, is a student of Syracuse University in New York, where she is studying International Relations. The impact of her gap year played an instrumental role in her personal and professional development. She shares her story on how it has shaped her till today.  What did
Thursday, 02 April 2015 / Published in Alumni Spotlight
Emily Sanders, a 2014 Global Gap Year and Eva Carlston Academy, is a student of Metropolitan State University of Denver where she is studying Sociology. In this interview she discusses her experience, the intensity of gap year travel, and the intellectual stimulation she received on her gap year. Gap year travel can be hectic. How
Friday, 27 March 2015 / Published in Alumni Spotlight
Kaia Mann, a 2014 Global Gap Year alumna and Lewis & Clark College student, shares the lessons she gained from different cultures, the nature of her relationship with her host community, and what she would do differently if she could do it all again.    What was your relationship like with your host family and
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 / Published in Alumni Spotlight
Mary Bryan, a 2011 Global Gap Year and Sidwell Friends School alumna, is a recent graduate of Tulane University. In this interview, she gives insight into her experience working in communities facing global challenges, what she achieved, and how her gap year influenced her choice of study in college. What did you take away from working with
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 / Published in Alumni Spotlight
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Silviano Valdez, a 2010 Global Gap Year alum, is currently at Miami University completing his Master’s degree in Financial Economics. He earned a BA in Economics from Earlham College and attended The Midland School, a rustic boarding school in California. In this interview, he shares his inspiration to start a social enterprise after his gap year, how