Hello, I am Gavin Hessler, and I am from a small town in Florida called Plant City. Although I did well in school, I feel that the most defining thing in my life is the way I spend my free time. My best memories come from when I am free of the responsibilities in life. With my time, I like to play basketball, travel, relax, fish, cook and have game nights with my friends. It really doesn’t matter what I am doing. I am just happy to be in the moment, enjoying my life to the fullest. I am also very passionate about giving back to the community. With my free time I volunteer throughout Florida, and I referee sports games. If I had unlimited money and time, I would spend it bettering the community around me and the communities around the world. My goal in life is to be financially secure so that I can make this dream a reality. I know that it is childish to believe that my world can exist without any responsibility; and that it is naive to think that money is the solution to everything. However, I know I will find a healthy balance. I plan on working relentlessly until my goal is achieved. A big step is becoming financially secure. That is the main reason why I chose to take this gap year.
In my gap year, my plan is to intern underneath a successful businessman who has just started a new company. During the year, I will be aiding in research, development, advertising, and selling. On top of that, he will be mentoring me and passing down a lot of his “business” knowledge. I plan to work directly with the company so that I can get real world experience. I feel that I learn best in this type of environment. It’s similar to how I was taught to swim. I was thrown into the deep end with someone underneath to guide me in case I sunk. You learn to swim on your own, but you have that support there to teach you along the way. I feel that this opportunity will give me the knowledge of what it really takes to become successful. My expectations for the year are simple. I don’t care about the money or the hours. I want to walk away from this year with knowledge and connections so that when I start my career, I am ready for it. Along with this internship, I will be working as a part time referee. I have done this for 6 years now and it offers a great way to coach and mentor kids. I will also be volunteering with the Plant City Optimist Club, the Plant City Community Garden, and Little Paws Animal Rescue. I have many connections through these organizations, and I am very happy that I will have another year to help out in whatever way I can.